About Us

 

The Ramat Negev International Training Center is operated by the Research and Development Department of the Ramat Negev Regional Council. We work in collaboration with the Israeli Ministries of  Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and  Interior, we also work closely with Ministries of agriculture and education and with universities in the trainee's countries of origin. 
The project includes as per today 500 trainees from Vietnam, Myanmar and Nepal. Among the trainees we have 100 university Bachelor graduates, 200 university Bachelor students and 200 graduates of Agricultural colleges.  During a period of 11 month in which they live in more than 80  Ramat Negev local farms, the trainees learn theoretical study's that includes 17 courses of different agricultural aspects, basic business management skills, computer skills and Israel's History & culture.

The theoretical studies take place a day or two during the week in our school located in Moshav Kmehin,The rest of the time is dedicated to practical training and work in the farms.
The program contributes greatly to the graduate's trainees that use the knowledge they acquired to create advanced agriculture back at home, at their own family farms or in the public and private sectors.The program also contributes greatly to the relations between Israel and the countries of origin of trainees.

We are proud that our program is a flagship program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to developing countries.


General:

The Ramat Negev International Training Center is operated by the Research and Development Department of the Ramat Negev Regional Council.

We work in collaboration with the Israeli Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Interior. We also work closely with Ministries of agriculture and education and with universities in the trainee's countries of origin.

The project has been running In Ramat Negev Regional Counsil since 2006 and has trained 4,000 graduates. As per the current project (2016-2017), the project includes 500 trainees from Vietnam, Myanmar and Nepal. Among the trainees we have 100 university Bachelor graduates, 200 university Bachelor students and 200 graduates of Agricultural colleges.  

During a period of 11 month in which they live in more than 80 Ramat Negev local farms, the trainees learn theoretical study's that includes 17 courses of different agricultural aspects, basic business management skills, computer skills and Israel's History & culture.

The theoretical studies take place a day or two during the week in our school located in Moshav Kmehin. The rest of the time is dedicated to practical training and work in the farms.

The program contributes greatly to the graduate's trainees that use the knowledge they acquired to create advanced agriculture back at home, at their own family farms or in the public and privet sectors. The program also contributes greatly to the relations between Israel and the countries of origin of trainees.

We are proud that our program is a flagship program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to developing countries.

Goals:

  • Participation in building of human capital in developing countries by exposure of students to advanced agriculture knowledge and techniques
  • Benefit to Israel's bilateral relations with developing countries with guidance of foreign ministry.
  • Branding Ramat Negev as an agricultural knowledge and training center.

Practical initiation farms:

Field training under farmer's guidance.

The student participates in all the different tasks in the farm – by the type of the farm and the crops and the tasks derived therefrom.

The project team maintains close monitoring and constant information flow with farmers who train the students, and receive feedback from students

Our Lecturers:

 All the lecturers teaching in the project has both academic background  (PhD, PhD students, MA) and field experience. All of them are local residents, mostly farmers who have long professional experience. Some of whom engage in research in the Ben Gurion University or in the The Ramat Negev agriculture R&D center.

distribution

 

Theoretical studies:

Studies are held in Moshav Kmehin. Students are divided into ten groups, each group about 50 trainees and one group leader.

School days: Sunday & Monday - 4 classes

Thursday - 2 classes.

Study hours: 8:00 to 15:00

 Field Tours:

1. Soil and Water Course - Breeding varieties of Pitaya. Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University.

2. Modern methods Course - Experimental greenhouse at the Ramat Negev R&D center

3. Organic Agriculture course - Organic farm

4. Poultry Management - Turkey Farm at Kadesh Barnea

5. Dairy Farm Management - Local Dairy Farm, Beer Milca

6. Sightseeing and studies Eilat.

7. Sightseeing and study the Holy Basin of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

trip

Final Project:

  • The trainees receive a list of topics to choose a final project from, and start researching approximately two months into the program.
  • The subject must be associated with one of the aspects in their work.
  • During the program, trainees receive methodology lessons to support their work on the final project
  • The general supervision and reviewing of the final project is done by three lecturers.
  • The assistance in the final project is given both in class and in the field

at the lab

Examples of thesis topics:

  1. Techniques of treatment in Organic farming  in arid land
  2. Techniques of aquaculture in ornamental fish farming
  3. Plant protection techniques of growing tomato in greenhouse in arid land
  4. Post-harvest and packing of cherry tomato in arid land
  5. Techniques of chicken farming in arid land

Final projects are submitted in a presentation format, in English.

 

Learning By Doing