24 American Professors Take Part in Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel
Adam H. Brill, Director of Communications
AMERICAN PROFESSORS TAKE PART IN FACULTY FELLOWSHIP
SUMMER INSTITUTE IN ISRAEL
24 Partner in Academic Exchange Exploring History,
Politics, Culture, and Economy in Israel
New York, NY: July 11, 2016 – It’s not every day an American college professor gets to talk one-on-one with doctors working on a cure for Alzheimer’s, discussing video game designs with a Nobel Prize winner in mathematics, or spending time in the room where history reports Jesus celebrated the Last Supper. However, those are only a few of the novel takeaways recently experienced by two dozen university academics on Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International’s Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel.
Twenty-four professors and five spouses spent 10 rigorous days traveling throughout Israel, meeting several Israeli professors in their disciplines with the same or similar research interests, all with the goal of developing collaborations, research projects, co-authoring articles, and establishing exchange programs with faculty and students. Speakers enlightened and educated the participants all about Israel, its history, the Holocaust, Israeli and Arab Women’s rights, R&D, and so much more. Throughout their visit, participants were exposed to culture, historical sites, the people and the way of life in Israel.
It’s not surprising to learn that since their return, professors have remarked that the Faculty Fellowship proved to be life changing for them. David Ruth, (pictured at left) professor of Mathematics at the U.S. Naval Academy, remarks, “I have long believed that Israel is a special place. The people, places, and experiences on our trip confirmed that belief with overflow! Thank you to everyone, hosts and participants, for making this a journey of a lifetime.”
Sharon Tzour, founder and executive director of Media Watch International, adds, “The beauty of Faculty Fellowship is that the relationships made during the two-week program are transformational as they become life-long partnerships between professors in both the U.S. and Israel who are truly trying to help—inside and outside the classroom—make the world a better place, and pass that information on to their students.”
Examples of academic working relationships include:
The Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel is a competitive academic fellowship that invites full-time university and college faculty members to apply to participate in a two-week Summer Fellowship in Israel. The program links scholars from diverse disciplines with their Israeli counterparts at major institutions for the purpose of initiating exchanges and collaborations. Participants meet with professionals and experts involved in government, industry, education, media, and other sectors to understand the many facets of Israel's evolving national and international policies. Those who take part gain a deeper awareness of the many challenges faced by the country and the creativity, spirit, and ingenuity that Israelis bring to tackling these issues globally.
To learn more about the universities and professors that have taken part in the 2016 Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel and prior years’ or to register for the 2017 program, visit http://www.ff2israel.org/ or contact Rene Reinhard at 212.879.9305 ext. 235.
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