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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.”

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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.

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