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The University Becomes a Little Like Annapolis (and West Point)

The University of Haifa has launched Israel's closest approximation to Annapolis, the U.S. Navy Academy.
"I am happy to announce we now have a naval academy in Israel," said Rear Admiral David Ben-Baashat, who commands the Israeli Navy. He was speaking at a ceremony at the Haifa Navy Base inaugurating the University's new program for Navy officers that will lead to a B.A. degree in interdisciplinary studies. The formal announcement was one of the events of the University's 33rd Board of Governors Meeting.
Dr. Onn Winckler, a historian who is academic adviser to the special academic program and Chair of the Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies, said he hoped it would make the midshipmen not only better officers, but also better people. The program of studies actually began in April with its first class of aspiring officers.
Ben-Baashat noted that other universities had vied for the program, but in the end "we preferred to do it with Haifa [University]."
University President Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev expressed the hope to develop the first program of its kind in Israel into a regular Naval Academy. The program includes courses in political science, economics and administration, transportation and shipping, as well as such courses as Terror and Counter-terrorism and an Introduction to National Security.
The University already offers a unique Master's degree program for Army officers. The University works closely with the Israel Defense Forces' National Defense College, where the officers receive their advanced military training. Ben-Ze’ev cited the long history of cooperation with the security services on research and aspects of the curriculum for military-academic programs.
Reinforcing the Annapolis-West Point atmosphere surrounding the University is the fact that both the Navy's commander, Ben-Baashat, and the past Chief-of-Staff Lt. Gen. Moshe (Bogie) Ya'alon have degrees from the institution. Several days after this ceremony, Ben-Bashaat also gained another degree from the University, this one an MBA.
Commander Chen Tal, who commands the Haifa Navy Base, welcomed the University governors, who were given a tour of an advanced missile boat. Under the rubric, Israel is a maritime state, the Israeli Navy's objectives and missions were outlined by Navy Capt. Yoni Vart, a submarine flotilla commander, who also has a B.A. from the University.


In This Issue:

The University Becomes a Little Like Annapolis (and West Point)

Supported Academic Learning Aids Students with Problems

Synagogue/Church Controversy and a Digestive Amulet
Mark University’s Dig at Hippos-Sussita

Golumbic Elected Israel’s 1st European Fellow

Prof. Asher Koriat Is 1st Recipient of Prestigious German Award

Intelligence Corps Wisely Chooses the University

Sweating Before an Audience—Working to Control a Phobia

Michael Wainer—University’s First Vice President for Finance
and Business Development

Prof. Eli Salzberger Elected Next Dean of Law Faculty

University Responds to Tulane Students' Needs

A Look Back at Graduation 2005

33rd Board of Governors Opens with Song and Story

University Honors Five with Honorary Doctorate
First Egyptian to Conduct in Israel Adds Highlight to Ceremony

Social Responsibility Reflected in a Wide Pool

New Recanati Lab Dedicated



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