Blog 2

December 7th, 2017

This morning we departed Tel Aviv and drove north, to Nahariya, to visit the Galilee Medical Center. It was incredible to learn more about the time, resources, and care that Israeli hospitals have put into caring for Syrians, and to see with our own eyes the reinforced underground wards for use in the event of rocket barrages from the north.

From the hospital, we drove to the Technion, in Haifa, pausing to take in the beauty of the Baha’i Temple and panoramic view of the seaport along the way. We enjoyed a beautiful, delicious, and mentally stimulating lunch with Technion President Peretz Lavie, along with a presentation about the Technion’s successful efforts to commercialize their research. The presidents were familiar with the Cornell-Technion tech initiative (a similar AJC Project Interchange delegation introduced President Lavie and then-Cornell President David Skorton), and Lavie mentioned that Skorton came to Israel with AJC, which clearly impressed our group.

University presidents meeting with Technion President Lavie

University presidents meeting with Technion President Lavie

Next, we arrived at the University of Haifa, where we heard from the president, Ron Robin, and several members of his administration. The presidents were glad to meet with Robin who, until recently, was a vice provost at NYU, and we also heard a fascinating presentation on the digital future of the study of the humanities.

Finally, we sat down to dinner in Sarona, joined by three leaders in the National Union of Israeli Students. We enjoyed a wide-ranging conversation with the bright and eloquent youngsters, and everyone at the tables learned a great deal from one another—both about higher education in the U.S. and Israel, and about society more generally.

I should add that at each college and university we have visited—Ono, Shenkar, Bar Ilan, Technion, Haifa—you can see the gears turning in our presidents heads, as they contemplate ways to partner productively with these Israeli institutions. Our participants clearly want to make it happen!

An Ethiopian Israeli graduate in law speaks about his experience at Ono College

An Ethiopian Israeli graduate in law speaks about his experience at Ono College

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Project Interchange.