A day after Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Central Command chief Nitzan Alon to officially recognize the Ariel
University Center as a university, the change is already evident on the ground.
The university has changed its logo as well as its signs which now read "Ariel University in Samaria."
On Tuesday, Alon signed the decree that upgraded the institution' status.
Meanwhile, the Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities continues to try to torpedo
the move. On Tuesday, it motioned the High Court of Justice to issue an interim order instructing the commander of IDF forces in Judea and Samaria not to recognize the university.
New sign reads 'Ariel University in Samaria' (Photo: Kirill Alenberg)
"These are election days and any decision on this sensitive matter at this time can be interpreted as a political move. There is no logic in acting so urgently," the motion said.
The motion also noted that recognition of Ariel as a university would necessarily involve budget cuts for the rest of Israel's universities.
Changing the sign (Photo: Amir Levy)
Meanwhile, students at the Ariel University were pleased with the change. Liran Levy, a communications major, said: "This has nothing to do with politics. This institution has a very high level even compared with the rest of Israel's colleges. "