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Queen Elizabeth II to Honor BGU President

Queen Elizabeth II to Honor BGU President

May 19, 2015

Leadership, Awards & Events, Press Releases

“Israel is lucky to have her as a leader; Britain is lucky to have her as a friend.” – U.K. Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould

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Prof. Rivka Carmi and U.K. Ambassador Matthew Gould

Buckingham Palace announced yesterday that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will appoint Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s president, Professor Rivka Carmi, an Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her work to deepen scientific and academic relations between the United Kingdom and Israel.

According to the announcement, “Prof. Carmi, the first woman to serve as president of an Israeli university, has played a vital role in strengthening scientific collaboration between the U.K. and Israel as the founding co-chair of the U.K. Israel Science Council since its inception in 2010.”

Under her leadership, the Science Council promotes joint academic work, such as cutting-edge stem cell research to tackle some of the world’s most dreadful diseases.

Prof. Carmi said in response to the announcement of the award: “I am thrilled to accept this honor which recognizes the increasing links between the U.K. and Israel, especially in science. The U.K. Israel Science Council, set up at the behest of Ambassador Gould, has been a flagship initiative, demonstrating the great potential for collaboration between our two countries. We are committed to improving the health of all nations and sharing our scientific discoveries.”

Invitation_Rivka Carmi CBE event 090615British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould said, “I am delighted that Her Majesty has chosen to honor President Prof. Carmi with this award. She is an inspiration to me and many others. Her leadership and commitment to strengthen science collaboration between our countries has made a huge difference. Israel is lucky to have her as a leader; Britain is lucky to have her as a friend.” The award ceremony will take place at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv on June 9.

The past few months have witnessed a sharp increase in scientific collaboration, further engaging British and Israeli researchers. These include the second round of projects of the BIRAX joint medical research initiative, launch of several student exchange programs and scholarships in top universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, and a unique cooperation agreement between the U.K.’s prestigious Royal Society and the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

“The honor being bestowed upon President Carmi by Queen Elizabeth II underscores the critical part she is playing, and that Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is playing under her leadership in advancing scientific research in Israel, in Great Britain, and around the world,” remarked Doron Krakow, executive vice president of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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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