Prof. David Newman, dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, will be made an Officer of the Most
Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), according to the queen’s birthday
honors list, which was announced on Sunday, the queen’s birthday.
will receive the award for his efforts in promoting academic and scientific
cooperation between Israel and the UK, especially during the past decade. Some
consider the move a counterbalance to the attempts by a number of British
scholars to impose an academic boycott against Israel.
professor made aliya from the UK some 30 years ago and has been at the Beersheba
university since 1987. Formerly a geographer, he founded the Department of
Politics and Government at BGU in 1997, and the Center for European Studies five
years later. For the past 10 years, Newman has been the editor of The
International Journal of Geopolitics.
“I am greatly honored to receive
this award, as it brings together the two countries in which I have lived and
from which I draw on joint values of democracy, freedom of expression and a
search for truth through science and research,” he said.
Newman, who was
recently elected for a second term of office as the dean of the Faculty of
Humanities and Social Sciences, is also known for the weekly column that he
writes in The Jerusalem Post
that often deals with academic matters.