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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Its administration center is located in the city of Ra’anana. As of 2006, the Open University had taught around 39,000 students. The university has more students than any other academic institution in Israel, coming from all over the world.
The university is accredited to award undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas and certificates. The Open University of Israel was conceived in 1971 and founded in 1974, modeled after the UK’s Open University. The first semester of studies commenced on October 17, 1976. In 1982, 41 graduates were awarded BA diplomas at the university’s first diploma ceremony.