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Dalhousie forms research relationship with Israel


Halifax, NS – Dalhousie University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding that strengthens their commitment to explore opportunities for collaboration on international research.

Dalhousie’s vice-president of research, Martha Crago, and the province’s premier, Darrell Dexter, were both present at the signing ceremony, which was held in Israel as part of a seven-day trade and investment mission.

The collaborative relationship between the universities will establish joint research opportunities in medical research, oceanography and water and waste management.

“We’re essentially setting up research collaboration based on our mutual strengths,” said Ms Crago. “Israel is a leader in technology commercialization and we’re looking forward to exploring how Dalhousie and Hebrew University can work together on projects that benefit both institutions.”

The memorandum of understanding outlines some of the objectives of merging both universities’ resources for academic and research projects. The relationship will also support travel by faculty members and post-doctoral students.

The group has also met with researchers, academics and administrators from Birzeit University in the West Bank, and with officials from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.