Migal - Galilee Technology Center is an applied research institute working in the fields of biotechnology, environmental sciences and agriculture. The institute, which is located in Kiryat Shemona, is a subsidiary of the Galilee Development Company.
Migal was established in 1979 and employs 40 scientists with doctorates, among a total staff of more than 150 researchers, engineers, and students for advanced degrees, all residents of the Galilee. Migal's vision is to develop in the Galilee a knowledge based economy in life and environmental sciences. Such development is made possible through implementation of the research conducted at the institute in business applications, as well as commercialization of intellectual property.
Migal serves as a focus for the development of relations between science and community in the Galilee.The exposure of the community to scientific endeavor, and the integration of the general public in scientific activity in general, and in life and environmental sciences in particular, serve to create and to strengthen the ties between science and scientists, and the Galilee community.
Raising awareness of scientific issues among the public, and especially among children and youth, contributes to greater accessibility to science and scientific activity, promotes closer contacts between this activity and the public, and encourages involvement among the young people and students of the Galilee in the scientific challenges of the future. Migal operates a scientific education center which serves dozens of schools in the Galilee. Thousands of Galilee students take part in workshops, projects, educational trips and additional activities which are directed and supervised by researchers and other Migal staff members.
The Migal researchers serve as members of the Faculty of Science at Tel Hai Academic College. Tel Hai, relying on the researchers of Migal, has received accreditation from the Council for Higher Education to establish Bachelor of Science degree programs in Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Nutrition and Food Sciences. In addition, the college has received special authorization to grant a Master of Science degree (with thesis) in Biotechnology. B.S. students carry out their final projects in Migal under the supervision of its researchers.
Migal also has more than 20 students studying for their doctorates who conduct their research in cooperation with other universities (Hebrew University, the Weizmann Institute, the Technion, and others). Thus, Migal contributes to the enhancement of science instruction at Tel Hai College as well as providing qualified scientific human resources (with advanced degrees) to the entire Israeli economy.