The Supreme Academic Council is the highest academic organ of the Institute. Its responsibilities include planning the institute’s academic development, approving academic syllabi, specifying entry and graduation requirements, supervising the level of instruction and examination, appointing the Institutional Academic Promotions Committee, and any other academic matters that the Council deems appropriate.

The Council meets at least three times per year and appoints any required permanent or ad hoc academic subcommittees. In its first meeting on December 17, 2010, the Council appointed the members of the Institutional Academic Promotions Committee, headed by Professor David Degani from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, as well as an ad hoc committee that will submit recommendations concerning the usage of Arabic, Hebrew and English as languages of instruction. This committee will be headed by Professor Elana Shohami from Tel Aviv University.


The Council consists of 24 members, 11 of whom are full professors and 6 associate professors. These members of the Council are faculty members in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (3), Tel Aviv University (4), Weizmann Institute of Science (1), University of Haifa (4), Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (4), and the Academic College of Emek Yezreel (1). Four additional members hold senior positions at the Institute and an observer representing the students has yet to be elected.

The council includes 12 Arab and 12 Jewish members. It also includes eight female members.


Members of the Supreme Academic Council:
Full Professors

Prof. George Kanazi, Arabic language and literature

                           –  President of Nazareth Academic Institute

Prof. Jacob Katriel, Dean of Science and Head of the Chemistry Department

                           - Chairman of the Supreme Academic Council        

Prof. Nader Bshouty, Computer Science, Technion, Haifa

Prof. David Degani, Mechanical Engineering, Technion, Haifa

Prof. Amiram Goldblum, Drug Design, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Prof. Muhammmad  Haj-Yahia, Social Work, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Prof. Yehuda (Judd) Neeman, Cinematography, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Dana Ron, Electrical Engineering (Computer Science), Tel Aviv University

Prof. Elana Shohamy, Education (Language Learning), Tel Aviv University 

Prof. Edris Titi, Mathematics, Weizmann Institute and University of California, Irvine


Associate Professors

Prof. Khawla Abu-Baker, Psychology, Academic College of Emek Yezreel

Prof. Daphna Carmeli, Nursing, University of Haifa

Prof. Zohar Eviatar, Psychology, University of Haifa

Prof. Avner Giladi, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Haifa

Prof. Fuad Iraqi, Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Michael Karayanni, Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem


Members ex-officio

Dr. Raed Mualem, Biology, Vice President of the Nazareth Academic Institute

Dr. Soher Bsharat, Medical science, Dean of Students

Dr. Miri Talmon, Head of the Department of Communication

Observer on behalf of the students (to be elected)


Past members

Prof. Abdussalam Azem, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Shlomo Yahav, Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research, Beit Dagan