The Josef Sagol Keter Center for Innovation
The Keter Center for Innovation in Engineering and Design, in memory of Josef Sagol, is an exciting new entity located in Beit Rozen - Shenkar's satellite space just off the main campus. Since its foundation, the Center has initiated and hosted hundreds of innovation and entrepreneurship oriented events and activities, including local editions of the TEDx series. The Keter Center encourages meetings, formal and informal conferences, and inspirational networking events for students and graduates with key business players and experts. Guests from different worlds, such as technology, art, journalism, philosophy, academia, high-tech and economics are invited regularly to discuss issues and future development of various creative, educational and technological professions.
The Center encourages Shenkar's lecturers to teach in unorthodox and innovative ways, utilizing contemporary educational formats, rather than the conventional run-of-the-mill schooling. Spread over two floors, the Keter Center includes the outdoor roof terrace, as well as the diverse working lounges, instead of the conventional classroom with four walls and a board. Currently, several courses run at the center, with plans to expand their number in the future. The overall focus adopts an entrepreneurial spirit, with startup companies renting various offices located around a central desk. The latter serves as an open workspace for everyone, including guests who come in regularly to work on projects and talk to students about ideas and solutions, their career choices and skills on demand.
Also based at the Center is DOTs – the entrepreneurship club, founded and run by students since its inception. Here, the students initiate their own programs and projects, including a very successful internship program with local companies, in collaboration with Next Step, which over time has become an official academic program. Every week, in partnership with the DOTs entrepreneurship club, the Center hosts women from the She-Codes project, which promotes female involvement in the high-tech industry through teaching code and facilitating placements. Furthermore, the Center also hosts various student exchange programs, such as with NYU Tel Aviv and the TAVTECH project, in which a few dozen students from top academic institutions in the world spend one month here at Shenkar studying design thinking and start-up eco-systems.
Finally, the Center actively hosts various communities, clubs and student initiatives, home to: TDK#Tuesdays – a regular Tel Aviv meet up for global graphic design community The Design Kids; Art in the Community - a joint educational initiative with the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation; the English Breakfast Club – a social space for students to meet and improve their English language skills; the Open Writers Club; the Jazz and Music Night Club and numerous Student Union initiatives, including the ‘Skills’ summer course series.