Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa)
We have an inter-institutional memorandum of understanding (MOU) cooperation agreement with the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, though their medical school is not yet included in the agreement. Dr. Rami Seliktar, Vice Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, did a recent sabbatical at the Technion.
We have a similar cooperation agreement with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev as we do with the Technion University, where we already have student exchanges at Drexel, including the School of Biomed, including collaboration with their medical school. They are flexible in receiving students and offer an overseas program in English. Along with their general course offerings, they offer overseas student academic programs and intensive Hebrew language studies. Focus of study in different academic areas, including global health. Ben-Gurion University offers semester, year-long, winter, and summer programs. Financial aid is available for semester and year-long programs.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
We have an agreement that has been signed with the School of Pharmacy, The Institute of Drug Research, and the Hadassah Medical School at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A company will be working on translational research.
Future contacts and collaborations may include Tel Aviv University, where Dr. Banu Onaral, H.H. Sun Professor and Director, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, visited there in March 2010; Hadassah College of Jerusalem, which could provide co-op opportunities; Al-Quds (Jerusalem), which has shown some interest in Drexel's School of Biomed; and the Weizmann Institute of Science (Tel Aviv), which is a very prestigious graduate, PhD, research institute with whom we would like to develop some kind of partnership.
Dr. Dov Jaron, Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine in BIOMED, has done research collaboration with Dr. Ofer Barnea, Chairman and Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University and the Stein Foundation. He was part of the visiting team that reviewed the Department of Biomedical Engineering program and regularly gave lectures as a Sackler Visiting Scholar at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Jaron has also been involved with collaborations at Technion University.
Dr. Peter Lelkes, Calhoun Chair Professor of Cellular Tissue Engineering in BIOMED, is a key player in the partnership with Hebrew University, along with Dr. Philip Lazarovici, Head of the School of Pharmacy at the Institute for Drug Research, Faculty of Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Visiting Professor in BIOMED. Dr. Lelkes and Dr. Lazarovici organized the Bi-national Drexel University-Hebrew University Translational Biomedical Research (HUB) Symposium at Drexel in August 2010.
Co-op Offerings Coop in Israel offers unmatched opportunities for unique, cross-cultural experiences. Students are placed in programs that assist them with all aspects of co-op: housing, Hebrew language instruction, studies, tours, and extra-curricular activities. Students interested in completing their co-op in Israel are eligible for a stipend made available through the Office of the President. Interested students contact the Steinbright Career Development Center regarding the Plotkin-Katz international Co-op Fund to help students with the expenses. Eligible students will receive a maximum stipend of $2,500. For more information, please contact Suzan Braun, Manager of International Co-op, or visit Drexel SCDC.
Study in Israel
Study in Israel is available at Ben-Gurion University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Technion University. For more information, please contact Daniela Ascarelli, Assistant Vice Provost for International Programs, as well as visit Drexel Study Abroad. Other resources include the Louis and Bessie Stein Family Fellowship for exchanges with Israeli Universities, the Fulbright Program, which has many grant variations in its portfolio that accommodate a range of interest, abilities, and a wide availability, and also the Short-term Travel Grants (STG) Program available to US scholars and professionals to engage in up to eight weeks of overseas research on cultural development relevant to US foreign policy. For more information, please contact Heidi West, Program Manager in the Office of Global Engagement and Education Abroad.