2 July 2003 ORT Braude College of Engineering has been honoured with the Magshim Award by the Council for a Beautiful Israel. The honour, announced at a ceremony held in the presence of the President of the State of Israel, Moshe Katsav, was bestowed upon the college for its development of environmental awareness, and its application of modern, aesthetic architecture and design. The ORT Braude College of Engineering in Karmiel is one of ORT Israel’s leading educational establishment’s and the most prominent college of engineering in the Galil. With more than 3,500 students, ORT Braude teaches graduates the necessary skills required to pursue careers in technology, and works closely with a number of Israeli biotechnology companies. Shmaryahu Rosner, President of ORT Braude accepts the Magshim Award by the Council for a Beautiful Israel from Moshe Katsav, President of the State of Israel At its annual ceremony, the Council for a Beautiful Israel honours organisations that have contributed towards the promotion of environmental awareness and have significantly improved the quality of life. Participants in the ceremony included President of the State of Israel, Moshe Katsav; Lt. Gen. (res.) Amnon Lipkin Shahak; Chairman of the Board of the Council for a Beautiful Israel, Aura Herzog; and President of ORT Braude, Shmaryahu Rosner. In accepting the award on behalf of ORT Braude, Shmaryahu Rosner said, ‘It is vital that students study in aesthetically pleasing surroundings in keeping with the academic environment of the college. I believe that an educational campus which has been well cared for increases staff and student motivation’.