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SUMMER 2004

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Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, a Philosopher, Is Elected President Says Social Responsibility Should Be a Strategic Goal for the University

The Board of Governors elected the University’s Rector, Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, the next President of the University of Haifa at the Board’s first plenary session of its 32nd Meeting. He will take office on October 1, 2004, succeeding Prof. Yehuda Hayuth, who steps down after ten years in the presidency.
In his acceptance remarks, Ben-Ze’ev laid emphasis on the social responsibility of a university. “This is the natural progression of a university,” he told the governors, adding his belief that it should be a strategic goal for the University of Haifa in the coming years. It was not, though, an easy task, he noted.
Referring to the economic problems that all Israeli universities are currently facing, he said: “Financial hardship requires giving up a few crumbs, but in such a way as to increase the entire pie.”
Returning to his main theme, he explained, “Being socially responsible means being aware of all levels, encouraging research with a social orientation, and instituting training program for workers in the community.” He wanted, he said in summing up his ideal, to stretch university programs beyond helping just the individual so that they would become a model for other universities.
Calling the University dear to him—he gained his B.A. and M.A. degrees here and then returned after going abroad and gaining his doctorate at the University of Chicago to teach and rise through the ranks to the top academic and administrative posts—he listed two qualities that are required to succeed in carrying the University forward. One was creative thinking. The other was hard work. Both he will bring to his new position, he said. In regard to the latter quality, he joked: “In the future I shall have less time to read books, but I hope I will have time for three meals a day.”
A philosopher, Ben-Ze'ev is considered one of the world's leading specialists in the study of emotions. His research has focused, as well, on the philosophy of the soul and the study of sensory perception. He set up the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Emotions at the University.
Among Ben-Ze'ev's books are Hebrew and English editions of Love Online: Emotions on the Internet (Cambridge University Press, 2004), which has been translated into a number of other languages.
Prior to assuming the top academic administrative position as Rector, he had served as Dean of Research and Director of the Haifa University Press. Among other positions he had held, Ben-Ze'ev headed the University's Academic Channel, the cable TV channel the University initiated and runs with other universities and whose broadcasts are available throughout the country. He was also chairman of the Philosophy Department.
Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev is married and has two sons
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In This Issue:

Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, a Philosopher, Is Elected President Says Social Responsibility Should Be a Strategic Goal for the University

President Hayuth’s Last Report to Governors: ‘I leave behind me … a University that is well equipped, financially and academically, to meet the challenges ahead’

Prof. Manfred Lahnstein Re-Elected Chairman of University’s Board of Governors

Executive Committee Approves New Vice-Presidents

University Confers Honorary Doctorate on Lord Jacobs, Sammy Ofer, Prof. Bernard Cohen, and Yitzhak Ben-Aharon

Jacobs Building Dedicated

Sammy and Aviva Ofer Observation Gallery Dedicated

Kluger Building Dedicated

Honorary Fellow Bestowed on Alex Samuel

Hatter, Fraenkel, and Recanati Fellowships Awarded

Guy Bar-Oz, a Zooarcheologist, Awarded Dusty Miller Fellowship

Werner Otto Fellowships

Beijing and Haifa Cooperate to Help the Aged Tsinghua University Hosts UH Contingent

Prof. David Kushner: Expert on Turkey Reflects on His Cairo Assignment

 

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