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BGU President Speaks at University of Miami

BGU President Speaks at University of Miami

February 15, 2012

Negev Development & Community Programs

The headline in South Florida Sun-Sentinel read “First woman to head Israeli university visits.”


BGU President
Prof. Rivka Carmi

But, BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi M.D. is no stranger to the University of Miami. Her recent visit to South Florida was part of a partnership started last year when BGU granted UM President Donna E. Shalala an honorary doctorate, and a memoradum of understanding was signed between the two universities.

When introducing Carmi at the lecture, Shalala described her as “a healer, a scholar, a leader, an educator and a friend.”

Prof. Carmi, who was a pediatrician and geneticist before going into academic administration, spoke to the topic of Reimagining the Ivory Tower in Israel: The Responsibility of Academia to Society. The Presidential Lecture event was held at UM’s Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies.

She shared how Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was founded 42 years ago with a government mandate to spearhead the development of the whole region around it.

“The government actually realized that the university might be a very strong engine and force to lead this development, and we managed to create a culture in the university that is very much involved and responsible to society,” say Carmi.