Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut, Israel

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 73,209
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

Establishing a learning city centre to lead the process

Named after the ancient village of Modi’in, the city was once home to the Hasmonean dynasty and now embodies Israel’s heritage and heroic story.

Vision and Motivation

Modi’in envisages a learning city that achieves resilience and integrates people and communities from a wide range of different backgrounds.

The city aims to create active citizenship and a cohesive community by building a learning city, developing leaderships within local communities and providing lifelong learning activities to the public.

Challenges and Goals

Modi’in is coping with the challenges of social cohesion, family and social resilience and is also creating employment opportunities. With an influx of new immigrants from many countries, the changing demographic poses new challenges to the historical city.

Plan and Implementation

The learning city concept was first acknowledged here in 2008, making Modi’in the first Israeli city to formally adopt the concept.

The Multi-Disciplinary Center in Modi’in takes a leadership role in developing pioneer programmes for Israel’s learning city. It has established the Israeli Center for Learning Cities (ICLC), a start-up incubator and accelerator for the promotion and implementation of the Learning City initiative. The Multi-Disciplinary Center serves as a hub for developing programmes and models that implement the principles and practices of a learning city at both a local and a national level. In addition, Modi’in has a strong network of external partners, which includes the Association for Adult Education, the International Advisory Team at EU, PASCAL and national ministries. The Center has formed a local advisory board to further expand its partnerships.

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