“I am proud to begin my tenure as President of the University of Haifa,” said Dr. Ron Robin, “a place that was my academic home for twenty years. Our mission is to continue to advance the University of Haifa and to foster its position as a leading research institution with a meaningful and important social role”.
Dr. Robin succeeded Amos Shapira who guided the university for the past four years during a period of increased financial support from donors and major enhancements to the University’s laboratories and teaching facilities.
During his 20 years at the University of Haifa, Dr. Robin taught in the history department and held several official positions within the University, the most recent being Dean of Students. He later joined New York University where he served as Vice Provost and was responsible for establishing NYU international campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Dr. Robin holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of California at Berkeley (1986) and is author of six books on recent American history, the most recent of which was published this Fall.
Dr. Robin’s goal is to focus on interdisciplinary research in collaboration with leading global research institutions that will allow the University to develop varied areas of knowledge under the auspices of joint, innovative and unexpected “umbrellas” to foster breakthroughs. “My predecessors have done a wonderful job of recruiting excellent faculty members and I intend to devote resources and efforts to making the University a hub of excellence that will continue to draw the best researchers”, he stated.
His previous roles at the University and his many years as a faculty member have provided Dr. Robin with an in-depth knowledge of the diverse University student community, a community that is a mirror image of Israeli society. “The role of the University is to provide its graduates with tools based on academic knowledge and critical thinking that will allow them to occupy leading positions in Israeli society,” he says. “The composition of our student body is like a crystal ball that reflects an optimal scenario where different interests and lifestyles come together in one place to coexist with great tolerance, and allow for the type of freedom of thinking that is the basis for academic excellence”.
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