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The Jewish University System consists of

independent, self-governing private and non-for-profit, research faith-based institutions that

award higher education qualifications and religious modifier degrees.

University Central of Ashdod

of Jewish University System

Our History

The Panama Canal College (PCC) was established in 1935 in the Panama Canal Zone, a United States territory to serve the servicemembers of the United States of America.  It was chaptered under the United States Panama Canal Authority in and received regionally accredited status.

The institution was re-incorporated in 1958, a division of the Panama Canal College was renamed as Ashdod University. Dr. Yoval Gorovitz and Mrs. Natalia Simpson became President and Provost and they advocated the curriculum upon theoretical and perennial issues. Their dreams became a reality with a Jewish Higher Learning Institution to dedicate to the Arts and Humanities and to educate students in the horror of the Holocaust. They received the support from the Jewish Education Foundation to provide classes to Jews and Non-Jews alike in the United States Panama Canal Zone.

In 1999, UCEA was recognized by the Panamanian Government when the United States Government transferred  the Panama Canal Zone to the Panamanian Government. We were recognized by articulation agreement by the “Universidad de Panama”. University of Ashdod became an autonomous faith-based higher institution. 

The University Central of Ashdod is recognized by Jewish Commission on Education (JCE) to award baccalaureate, master and doctoral programs. JCE accreditation is the benchmark for students and employers. It ensures the integrity of undergraduate and graduate education.  Jewish Educational Foundation (JEF) and Hebrew College Foundation (HCF) provide tuition scholarships and grants to our students, faculty and the community at-large.


The University is composed of the Hebrew College, various graduate program and interdisciplinary committees organized intro five academic research divisions and seven professional schools.



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University Central of Ashdod Mission Statement

הצהרה של שליחות של אכאה
אכאה מחנך ומאתגר סטודנטים להתפתח באופן שכלי
ובאופן מוסרי, לחפש חכמה וצדק, ולהתכונן להקפדות
של לחיות ועובדים כ/כפי שאזרחים מודעים לאחרויות
הגלובליות שלהם. אנחנו מקדמים את יהדות לסטודנטים
שלנו וקהילות שלהם. אנחנו מחבקים חינוך ומסמיכים
את הסטודנטים שלנו להעשות אחיות , ספקים רפואיים
ופרופסיונלי בריאות בעלים ברית אחרים