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Gretchen Johnson


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Israeli University Agreement Signed

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Fairleigh Dickinson University Sign Agreement

Teaneck, NJ (July 29, 2003) Fairleigh Dickinson University has renewed and extended its commitment to educational partnership with Israel in a new agreement with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The two institutions have signed an agreement to encourage and formalize scholarly and scientific interaction between the institutions.

"Ben-Gurion University, like Fairleigh Dickinson, is committed to a global approach to learning," said Fairleigh Dickinson President J. Michael Adams, "The institution has a multicultural worldview with a diverse student body, making it an ideal partner for Fairleigh Dickinson.

"This exciting collaboration brings major benefits to both institutions. Our students have an opportunity to study in Israel in an outstanding center for international students. We will welcome BGU students at our New Jersey campuses as well as develop programs for faculty interaction."

Collaborative and cooperative programs of study between the two universities will include the social and behavioral sciences, life, health and physical sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, earth sciences, engineering and applied sciences, management, public administration, humanities, fine arts, and hotel, restaurant and tourism management.

There are already exciting possibilities in the offing. According to Dr. Christopher Capuano, director of the School of Psychology on FDUs Metropolitan Campus, "The School of Psychology at FDU is talking to the Department of Behavioral Sciences at BGU and we are considering the establishment of a joint school of professional psychology in Israel for Israelis. It would deliver applied masters degree programs in psychology and in learning disabilities."

According to Professor Mark Gelber, director of the Center for International Students Programs at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, "At an especially difficult time for international programs throughout the world and especially in the Middle East, Fairleigh Dickinson University has demonstrated remarkable commitment to global education and to Israels special role as a leader in scientific and humanistic scholarship in the region, epitomized at Ben-Gurion University. We look forward to developing unique and innovative programs of mutual benefit to our students and local communities."

Pioneering the relationship between the two universities are three faculty members from Ben-Gurion University who arrived on the Fairleigh Dickinson Metropolitan campus in July.

Esther Bowalsky, Ruth Seker and Netta Zieger are teaching an intensive 16-hour-per-week Hebrew language course on the campus and find the American students "motivated and very pleasant." What shocks them is the landscape. "Its so green and lush," said Professor Bowalsky, "and you have a river. Although our campus has trees and flowers, when you look out and take a long view it is desert."

Founded in 1969 by an act of the Knesset, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is the fastest growing Israeli University and the student population has tripled to over 16,000 in the past 10 years. As a center for research and education, BGU researchers are currently working on joint projects with Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia and the Palestinian Authority focusing on health services, environmental concerns and water resource management.

To learn more about this international study opportunity, contact Irwin Isquith, FDUs executive director of global partnerships, at 201 692 2392.

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