“In the beginning of the 90s a historic window of opportunities opened up before us. We knew that the circumstances will never again be so favorable. Leaders must have an open eye for windows of opportunity that allow them to take bold steps”, these are the words of Former president of the Republic of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mr. Frederik Willem de Klerk, who received the University’s highest accolade, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, at a festive ceremony on Tuesday (May 27, 2014. The event was part of the university’s 42nd meeting of the board of governors.
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The University was awarded a $7 million grant from the prestigious Helmsley Charitable Trust to establish the Helmsley Mediterranean Sea Research Center, a field that was recently thrust into the spotlight following the discovery of gas off the coast of Haifa.
“The grant expresses a vote of confidence by one of the world’s leading charitable trusts in the excellence of the University of Haifa, and further emphasizes the fact that the University of Haifa leads the field of Mediterranean Sea research in Israel,” said University President Amos Shapira.
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Apparently even Nature sometimes shows little acts of kindness- in a rare incident, documented for the first time, a female barn owl, a mother to 9 chicks of her own, adopted orphaned chicks, located at a nest over 3.5 kms away,whose own mother was run over by a vehicle on HaSargel Road, earlier this month. “It seems Nature is not as cruel as we tend to think”, said Dr. Motti Charter, from the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa. Dr. Charter was the first to discover and document this rare adoption. Continue Reading »
The University of Haifa is hosting a two-day event on January 20-21, focusing on regenerative medicine with BIRAX - The Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership Regenerative Medicine Initiative. The events are being held in collaboration with the British Embassy in Israel and the British Council and will include a workshop for BIRAX grant recipients and the UK Israel Life Sciences Council 3rd Annual Meeting. During the workshop on January 20, a public lecture will be given by Lord Professor Robert Winston, a member of the UK-Israel Life Sciences Council and Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College. The lecture will be titled: ‘Manipulating Reproduction’.
The lecture begins at 4.30 pm on Sunday, January 20
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