Melbourne University hosts Hebrew U. delegation of 11 scholars for week of academic partnership, public outreach


Chair of the University of Mebourne's Centre for Jewish History and Culture Prof. Leon Mann is awarded an honorary fellowship by Hebrew University President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, June 201115 February 2012: A delegation of 11 Hebrew University scholars is visiting the University of Melbourne for a week of research meetings and public forums that focus on five main areas of research: innovation, migration and refugees, health sciences, medical science and international economic law.

The Hebrew University and University of Melbourne teams, comprising a total of 23 scholars, started the week with a research showcase comprising panels on each of the areas. During the rest of the week they are holding team meetings that will culminate in a plenary session for all the teams and final presentations. Other events include a research leadership dinner sponsored by the Pratt Foundation, an Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce luncheon and a community event entitled ‘Israel tomorrow: Challenges for the 21st century’, which is co-sponsored by the Australian Friends of Hebrew University’s Victorian Division, the Zionist Council of Victoria and Hadassah Australia.

The Hebrew University meeting with the University of Melbourne comes in the wake of the 2008 memorandum of understanding to strengthen academic ties between the two institutions which was an initiative of the chair and the director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Jewish History and Culture, Prof. Leon Mann and Dr. Dvir Abramovich.

The Hebrew University delegation is headed by Provost of the Rothberg International School and criminologist Prof. Mimi Ajzenstadt; Library Authority chair, head of the Hoffman Doctoral Fellowship Program for Leadership and Responsibility and member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology Prof. Amalya Oliver; academic director of the Minerva Center for Human Rights and member of the Faculty of Law and Department of International Relations Dr. Tomer Broude; and the director of the Gaffin Center for Neuro-Oncology at the Hadassah University Medical Center and a member of the University’s Faculty of Medicine Prof. Tali Siegal. Other members of the delegation are: Leonid Bakman of the Jerusalem School of Business Administration, Prof. Gili Drori of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Prof. Daniel Felsenstein of the Department of Geography, Dr Hava Gadassi who is a pediatric fellow at the Hadassah University Medical Center, Dean of the Jerusalem School of Business Administration Prof. Dan Galai, Dr. Lior Herman of the Department of International Relations and Prof. Gabriel Horenczyk of the School of Education.

Coverage of the delegation in the Australian Jewish News