Partner of the universities of Israel and Turkey for academic collaboration

Tel Aviv University (TAU) renewed its academic relations with Turkey this week following the historic summit meeting held in March between Israeli President Yitzhak Herzog and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

TAU has established links with three of Turkey’s leading universities; Koç, Özyeğin and Sabancı, after an agreement to advance the Academic Bridge Initiative was reached between TAU President Prof. Ariel Porat and the heads of the three Turkish universities at a meeting held in Istanbul last week. The initiative is based on a series of various academic collaborations such as student and faculty exchange programs and joint research initiatives.

Joint research projects should address a wide range of issues of regional importance, including climate change, entrepreneurship, archaeology, as well as the complex geopolitical situation in the Middle East.

The meeting was also joined by Professor Milette Shamir, Vice President of TAU International, and Vice President of Resource Development Amos Elad, Consul General of Israel in Istanbul Udi Eitam, Jewish community leaders from Turkey, including Jewish community president Yitzhak Ibrahim Zada, as well as several other Turkish academics, entrepreneurs and industrialists.

“The aim of the initiative is to promote university research in both countries,” emphasized Professor Porat. “Each year, TAU welcomes thousands of Muslim and Christian students from Israel and around the world, and we will be delighted to extend this collaboration to Turkey’s leading universities as well. Academia is a bridge between nations and a key to economic and social growth around the world.

“I sincerely hope that after years of little contact between Israeli and Turkish institutions, our visit heralds a new era,” Professor Shamir said. “Israel and Turkey are powerfully linked by a rich history, a range of political and economic interests, and similar challenges in areas such as climate, health and technology. Thus, the academic bridge we are building has great potential.

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