Celebrating Israel at 70

The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program Celebrates Israel at 70
May 1, 2018   /   Tel Aviv, Israel

The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program’s celebration on Tuesday May 1, 2018 stood out as perhaps the only one to focus on Israel’s academic accomplishments and to note the importance of academic collaboration between the US and Israel.

Presidents and rectors from 7 universities in Israel joined the event to recognize the achievements of the Zuckerman STEM Leadership program, which has been running for barely 3 years. Professor Daniel Zajfman, president of the Weizmann Institute of Science, noted:

“All the best labs and libraries are nothing without investment in human capital.

“Excellence doesn’t come from inbreeding, but from bringing people in from the outside.

7 universities in Israel now host Zuckerman scholars, and close to 40 universities in the US. The program has helped to establish 8 brand new laboratories at 4 Israeli universities so far, with an additional 4 new ones expected each year.

At the evening, we celebrated the Israeli government’s recognition of the program by publicly thanking the representatives of the Israel Council for Higher Education, who provided the matching funds to make possible the expansion to seven Israeli universities. For the academic year 2018-2019, the program will grow to 82 scholars, many of whom were at the celebration.

Professor Yaffa Zilbershats, Chair of the Planning and Budget Committee of the Council for Higher Education, expressed her gratitude to the Zuckerman program:

“Without more students arriving here, we will not have a proper system of higher education in Israel. The Zuckerman Institute program is central to our multi-year program.

Distinguished guests from the United States included Aryeh Lightstone, representing the US Embassy in Israel, who was welcomed by Zuckerman Institute trustees Eric Gertler and James Gertler.

Professor Yachin Ivry, Zuckerman Faculty Scholar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Technion, and Principal Investigator at the Technion’s Nano & Quantum Functional Structures Laboratory, spoke about the human eye, and about his work developing light detectors that are both fast and efficient in their use of resources.