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Florida Governor Rick Scott Visits Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Florida Governor Rick Scott Visits Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

December 14, 2011

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BEER-SHEVA, Israel, December 14, 2011 -– Florida Governor Rick Scott led a 50-member delegation to Israel that visited Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) on Tuesday. During the visit, the governor was witness to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between BGU and the University of South Florida.

“The people here care about Israel,” he said, referring to the impressive group from Florida that included business leaders, politicians, academics and representatives of Enterprise Florida, the organizers of the mission.

The delegation was hosted by BGU’s Rector Prof. Zvi HaCohen, Vice President for External Relations Prof. Amos Drory and Vice President and Dean for Research and Development Prof. Moti Herskowitz. The group heard presentations by BGU faculty members that stressed the areas of future collaborative research.

BGU is the only university on Scott’s agenda during his week-long visit to Israel. The MoU was signed by the rector on behalf of BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi who was overseas at the time, and University of South Florida President Dr. Judy Genshaft.

“Our two universities have much in common,” said Dr. Genshaft at the signing. “They are both young, exhilarating, dynamic and with the motivation to achieve.” She expressed her belief that global partnerships are the best way for universities to offer students a truly international education.

In May 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between BGU and the University of Miami on the occasion of UM President Prof. Donna E. Shalala receiving an honorary doctorate. During his visit to BGU, the governor also witnessed a supplement to that MoU being signed between Prof. Gabriel Schreiber, dean of BGU’s Faculty of Health Sciences, and Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, dean of the School of Medicine at Miami University.

Governor Scott is in Israel on a business development mission to deepen the links between Israeli and Florida institutions and businesses. Bilateral trade stood at $184.5 million as of July 2011. One of the goals of the mission is to offer Florida as a jumping off point for Israeli businesses interested in penetrating the Latin American market.

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.

Media Contact:
Andrew Lavin
A. Lavin Communications