¬†Lectures at the first Christian Arab university in Israel, the 'Mar Elias', will start next autumn. The university, was been set up to provide courses for young Christians. It will also take students from the Muslim and Druses communities in Israel. Mar Elias has just obtained recognition from the Ministry of Education and is a subsidiary of the University of Indianapolis in the USA. The new university complex ≠ dedicated to Prophet Elia ≠ is based in Ibillin, between Haifa and Nazareth, in Galilee.