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BGU and University of Illinois at Chicago Sign Agreement

BGU and University of Illinois at Chicago Sign Agreement

July 21, 2011

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CHICAGO, July 21, 2011 — Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the University of Illinois at Chicago formalized an agreement today on BGU’s Beer-Sheva, Israel campus to collaborate on scholarly and scientific interaction between the institutions’ departments of public health through the promotion of exchange opportunities for faculty, staff and students, announces the Great Lakes Region of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU).

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (left) and BGU Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Prof. Shaul Sofer

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (left) and BGU Faculty of Health Sciences Dean Prof. Shaul Sofer

Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn represented the University of Illinois at the signing ceremony as part of a trip to Israel with a delegation of state officials, businesspeople and representatives of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, which organized the trip.

“This agreement is designed to expand and enrich people’s lives, and is an excellent partnership between two world-class universities. I look forward to the results of their efforts,” said Governor Quinn, who is on the Illinois University’s board of trustees.

The agreement was signed by the governor and by the dean of BGU’s Faculty of Health Sciences, Prof. Shaul Sofer.  BGU’s President Prof. Rivka Carmi and Illinois State Senators Ira Silverstein and Jeffrey M. Schoenberg also participated in the ceremony.

“The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago has been proud and pleased to be able to play a role in advancing the relationship between BGU and UIC. Today, that partnership moves to a new stage which is sure to bring benefits to both universities and to both of the communities which they serve,” Michael Kotzin, executive vice president of the Jewish United Fund, said following the ceremony.

Before the signing, the delegation was briefed by BGU’s Vice President for External Affairs Prof. Amos Drory and Dr. Limor Aharonson-Daniel, the founding director of BGU’s Prepared Center for Emergency Response Research, in response to the governor’s request for information on homeland security matters.

BGU lecturer and award-winning author and screenplay writer Etgar Keret will join the governor for dinner tonight.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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