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Galilee Region

Galilee Region

Regional Population: Approximately 232,400 residents in 15 municipalities, including Towns, Kibbutzim, Moshavim and villages (Arabs, Circassia and Druze). The region increasing its population by attracting a young, high-educated population, in addition to some 4,000 students from all over Israel who resident here for their studies in the Colleges.

Industrial Sectors/Clusters: The economic activity (based on income to the region) in the Galilee region is based mainly on: Industry [including agro-industry] (79%), agriculture (18%) and Tourism. Total economic activity is approx. 400 million Euros (€). There are 53 industrial plants and the dominant activities are the plastic and food industry (that also are generating the main income) and Tourism (the Galilee is the "Greenlung" of Israel).

The Region Offers: As a "Confrontation Line" development region the area offers (based on government subsidiary) priority developmental packages to companies in the fields of electronics, optics, biotechnology, environmental quality, software and computers. MIGAL, the Meytav and Meytag Technological Incubator and Tel-Hai College are fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. The College has 3,200 full time students from Israel and has a strong emphasis on Biotechnology, environment and Computer sciences.

More emphasis is placed now on Biotechnology for regional development, as expressed by the Mayors of the 15 Municipalities and the decision of the government to establish the School of Medicine in Eastern-Galilee (opened on October 30th 2011 at Safat). There is also no doubt that Israeli governmental plans for infrastructure investment take into account the need for "bringing the Galilee closer to the centre", as decided by the government in January 2010. The decisions of the Israeli Council for Higher Education to grant M.Sc. degree at MIGAL in Life-Sciences as well as establish the 5th School of Medicine in Galilee were made with an eye to develop the Galilee, and Israeli funds will be provided in the future to support the programme.

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