Meeting with Los Angeles area supporters of higher education in Israel, new University of Haifa President Amos Shapira outlined an ambitious program to make conditions in Israel so appealing to scientists that more than 100, now working in the U.S. and other countries, will return to Israel over the next four years.
It is part of a broader initiative in which UH will continue to play a leadership role in research to take full advantage of Israel’s natural resources while serving as a social model and example of the value of diversity in Israeli education and society.
“As the leading comprehensive research university in northern Israel,” President Shapira said, “our unique faculty, staff and student body is the most diverse of any university in Israel – we call it “The Israeli Mosaic”. Cognizant of the important social role we play, we are determined create excellent research in a tolerant and diverse environment. That is our greatest ambition.”
Many of the returning researchers might contribute to the important work of the new national Mediterranean Sea Research Center that will be lead by the University of Haifa and will capitalize on the recently discovered natural gas deposits in Israeli waters.
President Shapira made his remarks at a welcome breakfast hosted by Mr. Younes Nazarian and Dr. Sharon Nazarian at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills during his May West Coast visit.
The Nazarians expressed their passion for the University of Haifa and it’s unique mission in Israel. They have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to UH through their support of the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library, the largest academic library in Israel with more than 2.5 million books and electronic research tools.
Before becoming President of the University of Haifa, President Shapira was one of Israel’s leading business figures. He was CEO of Celcom, Israel’s leading celluar provider, and El Al, Israel’s national airline, among other multi-national corporations.