Signing of an agreement between The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
(photo credit: BRUNO CHARBIT)
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), signed an agreement on Sunday to increase education and research exchanges and collaborations.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, UMB president Jay A. Perman and the university’s faculty met with counterparts from the Hebrew University to ratify the extension of a student exchange program that began in 2013 and to explore future collaborative opportunities.
The signing ceremony that took place at the Hebrew University’s Ein Kerem campus officially extended the collaboration five years.
“Today’s agreement will further strengthen the successful partnership between these world-class universities and help to advance research in Maryland, particularly in the study of military medicine,” Hogan said. “Exchanging students and faculty will bring new perspectives and new opportunities for collaboration to both University of Maryland, Baltimore and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and we are excited they are continuing their important work together.”
One area of possible collaboration is in military medicine.
In 2013 the Hebrew University established the national Institute for Research in Military Medicine in cooperation with the IDF.
The institute, directed by Prof. David Gertz, focuses on research and training and emphasizes development of new treatments and technologies directly relevant to force protection and homeland security.
“Since 2013 we have strengthened the already impressive degree of collaboration in research and education between our two universities,” Perman said. “We are committed to providing even greater opportunities for our students and faculty and to share our expertise in such critically important areas such as trauma medicine.”
The delegation was on a nine-day trade mission to Israel, much of which focused on building business and academic relationships in obvious areas of synergy, such as cyber security and life sciences.
Hebrew University president Menahem Ben-Sasson welcomed the collaboration and hailed UMB as a “world leader in the field of trauma and operational medicine.”
“Due to the challenging security conditions in the Middle East, the State of Israel has a great and ongoing need for excellent military medical officers who can function well in emergency situations,” he said. “We look forward to many years of cooperative work and hope to expand the areas of collaboration between the two great institutes of education.”