$500,000 Gift to the University of Haifa by Herta and Paul Amir Helps Reverse the “Brain Drain” in Israel

The State of Israel has been engaged in a multi-year campaign to bring Israeli-born scientists, now working abroad, back to Israel to strengthen the nations’ scientific and research capabilities.It just took another big step forward.
“Herta and I are delighted to be able to help bring prominent researchers back to Israel,” said Mr. Amir. “We are confident these researchers will have important and far-reaching benefits for the University of Haifa and people throughout Israel and around the world.”

That effort took an important step forward earlier this month when the Herta and Paul Amir Fund for Absorption of Returning Israeli Scientists made a $500,000 grant to the University of Haifa to support the return of Israeli Scientist living abroad.

Mr. and Mrs. Amir, long-standing members of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa, have been major benefactors of the University. They have previously contributed resources for the purpose of promoting promising researchers by funding scholarships for doctoral students.  Thus advancing the academic excellence of the University of Haifa.

They underwrote the construction of the Herta and Paul Amir Social Sciences Building and contributed towards the completion of the Arts Center.

“Thanks to generous supporters like Herta and Paul Amir,” said University of Haifa President Amos Shapira, “we are reversing the ‘brain drain’ of Israel’s outstanding academics and bringing talented researchers, back to Israel. The University, and, indeed, the entire Israeli society, will benefit from the return of exceptional and talented scientists.”

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