The COLLMAN has not been built as an ivory tower. Its very establishment, forty years ago, as the first academic institution outside of the state-funded universities, was grounded in attentiveness to the need of the Israeli society to have greater access to higher education than hitherto existed. Such attentiveness to social needs has remained its hallmark. It has always been and remains intimately connected to the environment in which it works, where its students come from and to which they are expected to contribute. It is thus no wonder that its various programs integrate both social engagement and close interaction with relevant industries into the learning process.