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Ben Gurion Faculty Visit to Deepen Collaborations

BGU and DU

October 3, 2017

Dr. Amos Katz, Dean of Health Sciences, and Professor Nadav Davidovitch, head of the Department of Public Health, from Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) visited Drexel on October 3 to meet with faculty and administrators to discuss deepening the long-standing collaboration between the two institutions.

During the morning-long discussions, Katz, Davidovitch, and various Drexel stakeholders discussed existing collaborations -- for example, Davidovitch has been working closely with Prof. Mike Yudell (Dornsife School of Public Health), for more than five years – and opportunities for growth.

Despite their different locales – Ben Gurion is located in the Negev region of Israel, which is mostly desert – the two institutions share many commonalities in their strategic goals, research strengths, and challenges faced in serving vulnerable populations.

Specifically, the group discussed ways to increase opportunities for research co-ops and student exchange at Ben Gurion, overlapping research synergies in public health, medicine, medical education, epidemiology, health professions, water, civic engagement, autism, and peace engineering, among others.

Since the two universities signed an original partnership in 2009, over 20 Drexel faculty members have been involved in collaborative research with peers at BGU. In 2016, the two Universities signed a dual-Ph.D. agreement that allows doctoral students to earn two degrees simultaneously by completing the requisite requirements for both institutions.

Drexel representatives included Provost Blake along with deans, faculty, and administrators from the Office of International Programs, Office of Research, College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dornsife School of Public Health, and University and Community Partnerships.