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WINTER 2004-2005

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President’s Focus

Continuity, Change, and Social Responsibility

Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev
abenzeev@univ.haifa.ac.il

Continuity and change is an old rubric, but one that reflects preservation of accomplishments along with the promotion of new ideas.  Perhaps the opposite of revolution, even of a quiet revolution.  It is in that spirit that in my first column for the Focus newspaper I wish to congratulate Prof. Yehuda Hayuth, the past President of the University, and his management team for their decade-long development of our institution and for making it the flourishing campus it now is.  I wish them the best in their new endeavors.

My first order of business is to continue to strengthen the existing excellent educational programs that the University offers and to preserve the economic resources that are so necessary to enable us to do so.

A new management team has come onboard with all the enthusiasm and desire to buttress and advance the University’s position as an innovative institution, committed to two pillars undergirding society: that of excellence in higher education and its necessary concomitant, research, and that of social responsibility.

We see this latter commitment as an important aspect of our University’s raison d’etre: it enables us to contribute to a strengthening of the resiliency of Israeli society, to put to public use and benefit some of the knowledge and training and mental resources that abound in the proverbial “ivory tower,” to transform the tower image to that of a guiding beacon of light for the welfare of our society.

Raising both these banners of commitment, academic excellence and social responsibility, will not be an easy task.  It will demand not only the enthusiasm and desire of our management team that I mentioned earlier, but also a mobilization of all our staff, our faculty, our students, and not least our friends.  These two banners will not fly proudly without such a comprehensive effort.

As a researcher of emotions, I well appreciate the personal connection.  Feel free to contact me about any subject.  It will give me pleasure to deepen relations with old friends and welcome new friends.  This I shall start to do personally, too, when my vice-president for external relations and resource development, Prof. Ada Spitzer, and I travel abroad to visit the Friends of the University.  I hope to meet and have the opportunity to talk with many of you about our plans, our ideas, and our ideals. 

In the meantime, I invite all readers to visit the University in person, to see and learn at first hand how this University will continue and how it will change.

With my warmest wishes,

Aaron

 

In This Issue:

Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, a Former Negotiator, Reflects on Israel-Jordan Relations
at a Conference Here Marking a Decade of a Formal Peace
Former Jordanian Minister and Negotiator Heads Delegation from Jordan Here

Unique ‘Open Apartment’ Project Benefits Community and Students

University Obtains Its First Biotech Patent in the U.S.

Researcher Develops Computerized Handwriting Evaluation System

Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi Named Rector of the University

Prof. David Faraggi—Deputy Rector

What If a Tsunami Hit? First Program of Its Kind in Israel Dealing with Mass Disaster

Eskesta Success Continues

Student Builds Internet Site of Never-Recorded Israeli Army Songs

University Campus Gradually Becoming Wireless

Honors and Appointments

 

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