Dr. Avi Sagi-Schwartz, Professor of Psychology and Director of the International MA in Child Development at the University of Haifa, briefed more than 20 friends and supporters of the University on March 23, 2015 on the new International Master’s Program in Child Development. The reception and discussion was graciously hosted by Lillian Sober Ain, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of the University of Haifa, at her home in Newton, MA.
Dr. Sagi-Schwartz described the impact the International Child Development Master’s is having on the 23 students from seven countries in the first cohort. Many of these professionals come from underdeveloped countries where advanced studies in Child Welfare and Development are not available.
Mid-career professionals hail from Cameroon, Chile, Ethiopia, Ghana, Israel, Liberia, and Nepal. Each is committed to raising the level of care for children in their countries through policy and program change.
This Master’s program, Dr. Sagi-Schwartz explained, is a wonderful example of the way in which the University of Haifa serves as a leader in educational excellence, diversity and communal responsibility — not only in Israel. But around the world. It is a marvelous example of tikkun olam.