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BGU and ASU Sign Research Agreement

BGU and ASU Sign Research Agreement

March 9, 2015

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Arizona State University (ASU) recently signed a research agreement that will allow for collaboration between researchers and students at the two universities.


Prof. Rivka Carmi and Michael Crow, president of ASU, met in Israel in summer 2014.

Collaboration will take place on a number of areas of mutual interest and strength, including cyber security, homeland security, nanotechnology, robotics, community medicine, remote sensing, and sustainability.

“ASU and BGU are two universities that are growing along similar lines – from the natural environment in which they are based to their vision, strive for excellence, innovation, and community action,” says  Prof. Dan Blumberg, BGU’s vice president and dean for research and development.

“The purpose of the project is to create a platform upon which to cultivate collaborations between researchers from both institutions that will lead to joint research proposals. Such proposals could open up new research horizons,” adds Blumberg.

Although BGU and ASU have worked together for a number of years, this engagement “has now risen to a much higher level,” says Stephen Feinson, associate vice president of ASU’s Global Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. A study-abroad program between the two universities has been ongoing, and there are examples of additional connectivity: Prof. Blumberg completed his doctorate in planetary geology at ASU.

“ASU and BGU share many commonalities: innovation, similar geographic environments, locations in important urban centers, diverse student bodies, and complicated socioeconomic environments,” says Prof. Sethuraman (Panch) Panchanathan‪, ASU’s senior vice president of knowledge enterprise development. “Most importantly, we share a deep mutual commitment to understanding society’s biggest challenges at the local and global levels and developing next-level solutions.”

The partnership was sparked by the similarities between the two schools. Last summer, Dr. Michael Crow, ASU president, traveled to Israel and met with Prof. Rivka Carmi, BGU’s president, to discuss the partnership.

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. As Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) celebrates its 50th birthday this year, AABGU imagines a future that goes beyond the walls of academia. It is a future where BGU invents a new world and inspires a vision for a stronger Israel and its next generation of leaders. Together with supporters, AABGU will help the University foster excellence in teaching, research and outreach to the communities of the Negev for the next 50 years and beyond.

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