Academic Home in Israel
Strengthening the ties between Israeli minds around the world and Reichman University
“The State of Israel is the largest exporter of academics to the United States relative to its population, or in other words, a world leader in brain drain. Over the years, various steps have been taken to try to stop this phenomenon.
According to OECD data, as of 2020, Israel is ranked 17th out of 37 countries in terms of emigrants with higher education, and the rate of highly educated Israeli emigrants in OECD countries is 6.9%.”
(From “Israelis with Academic Education Abroad and Steps Taken to Return Them to Israel,” Eliran Zered, June 2020).
About the Project
Reichman University offers a creative solution to the problem by strengthening these researchers’ ties with the Israeli academy and creating a support system for them - inviting them to act as lecturers for intensive courses, engaging in joint research with them, hosting them for a sabbatical year, and more.
All parties will gain from this, and the State of Israel will benefit from closer ties with its leading scientists and their integration into Israeli academia.
Reichman University Offers:
International and Zionist University
Hosting on sabbatical year
Act as lecturers for intensive courses
As part of a project introduced by Prof. Melnick, President of Reichman University, to establish an academic home at Reichman University for Israeli researchers from leading universities around the globe, we hosted, for the first time, a group of eight researchers from leading universities, such as: Stanford, Minnesota, Cornell, INSEAD, Maryland and others. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the researchers' ties to Reichman University and to create fruitful academic and research partnerships.
During this session, which took place for 3 consecutive days, we dealt with the topic of "resilience" on the personal, social and national levels. We held 2 conferences on "Entrepreneurial Resilience" and "Resilience in Sport", in which our guest researchers from abroad, members of Reichman University's faculty and other experts participated, we conducted a tour around the Gaza Strip, where we dealt with the issue of resilience and the ways the local population copes with these difficulties, we met with local citizens and heard a firsthand testimony of life under ongoing trauma, we met with army officials dealing with resilience in the area, we visited the Sderot Resilience Center and met with therapists, we familiarized ourselves with the Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) and established initial contact for future cooperation, and more.
The participant of the delegation, Prof. Guy Hoffman from Cornell University:
"As an Israeli researcher living in the United States, I am always happy to preserve my ties with Israeli Academia, and this project provides a framework for this. During the project, I was able to renew research relations with the miLAB at Reichman University, and we began joint guidance of students, planning to edit a book, and discussing innovative research methods. I look forward to continuing the joint work when I return to the United States..."