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SUMMER 2004

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

The University conferred its highest accolade, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa, on four distinguished personalities representing three different countries at the opening of its 32nd Board of Governors Meeting on the last day of May.
The oldest of the conferees and perhaps one of the oldest awardees anywhere in the world was the veteran Israeli social and labor activist, Yitzhak Ben-Aharon, who was born in Bukovina in 1906. Proving in his remarks of thanks that he had lost none of the feistiness that had caused him to be both revered and sometimes the opposite for his deeds and his words, Ben-Aharon ended his remarks with the call to “keep Haifa clean, anti-nationalist, and multicolored.” That, as he saw it, was “the way to peace and progress.” The nonagenarian was cited for “his longstanding public activity in service to society and the State; … his courageous leadership of the workers’ movement, the Labor movement, and the kibbutz movement; and his uncompromising devotion to the values of equality and social dignity….”
Lord Anthony Jacobs, of England, past chairman of the University’s Board of Governors, received a scroll that stressed “his laudable public involvement and support of the welfare of society in England and Israel; … his impressive contribution to the development of the University of Haifa and to providing it with firm grounding; and … his sage and resourceful leadership of the Board of Governors of the University.” Calling for universal respect, Lord Jacobs stated he found the University to be a “working model of an educational environment that replaced conflict.” He had begun his relationship with the University 16 years ago and was “confident that the University will continue to thrive in peace.”
Sammy Ofer, the Romanian-born, Israeli and world shipping magnate, received recognition for “his contribution to the development of the Israeli economy, the Israeli merchant fleet, world shipping, and international trade; … his longstanding, generous support of cultural and educational institutions; and … his dedication in assisting IDF soldier-students ….” Recounting how larger shipping companies had tried to put small companies out of business back when he had bought his second ship, a 1,000- ton carrier, he then summed up the synopsis of his life that he presented. His company’s purchase this year of Zim – Israel Navigation Co., Israel’s national carrier and one of the world’s largest containership operators—was, he commented, “an act of justice.” He also remarked that the academic faculty bore a heavy responsibility for its preparation of the leaders of the future.
Saul Bernard Cohen is an American scholar who laid the foundations for the field of political geography.  Some of his students are themselves now distinguished geographers on the University’s faculty. He was praised for “his wide-ranging and in-depth scientific contribution to the study of political geography; … his educational and public activity to advance the teaching of geography; … his societal involvement and dedication to the Jewish community in the United States and his support of academe in Israel….” Cohen had also served as president of Queens College of the City University of New York. The city of Haifa, the Boston-area native said, held a special place in his life, as “it was the study of Haifa and its port [as a young graduate student] that inspired me.” He was sure that with peace, the Arab countries would take advantage of a free port of Haifa.
 

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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