The Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya celebrated the inauguration of the Dr.
Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson School of Entrepreneurship on Sunday. Guided by
Adelson’s motto “Always challenge the status quo,” the Adelson School of
Entrepreneurship reflects Adelson’s latest Zionist-educational venture, geared
towards fostering a new generation of entrepreneurs.
essentially identifying the path that everyone takes; and choosing a different,
better way,” Sheldon Adelson said.
“An entrepreneur is born with the
mentality to take risks, though there are several important characteristics:
courage, faith in yourself, and above all, even when you fail, to learn from
failure and get up and try again. You can teach these characteristics,” he
The school, the first of its kind in Israel, aims to do just that:
to provide young entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools to realize and
develop new business ventures. Headed by Prof. Yair Tauman, the school will
offer academic courses to the entire student body at the IDC as part of its
integrated academic program.
Courses, based on the “learn by doing”
methodology, will cover a variety of areas of entrepreneurship, including
technological innovation and strategic thinking, and will assist the students in
developing their creative ventures.
“The Adelson School of
Entrepreneurship is about to change the academic status quo. For the first time
we will provide interdisciplinary education not merely within social sciences
but embracing technology and natural sciences. Using that approach we will
embark on eventually establishing new disciplines which will deal with the major
problems and challenges of our generation,” said IDC President Prof. Uriel
Prime Minister Netanyahu also presented a pre-recorded message
congratulating Sheldon Adelson on the inauguration of the new school. The event
also included remarks from the Chinese Ambassador to Israel Gao Yanping, Hebrew
University of Jerusalem professor Yisrael Aumann, a Nobel economics prize
winner, as well as a panel discussion with entrepreneurs Ori Levin, founder of
Waze, chairman of SpaceIL and founder of Aladdin Knowledge Systems Yanki
Margalit, and Prof. Elior Peres from the Department of Molecular Cell Biology at
the Weizmann Institute of Science.
“Sheldon and Miriam are united in
their great love and concern for Israel and the Jewish people. They both not
only made large donations to Birthright, Yad Vashem and education in Israel, but
will not hesitate to stand up and take business risks in openly making the case
in helping Israel,” said Reichman.
Entrepreneurs at heart, the Adelsons
have for decades developed innovative initiatives in Israel and throughout the
world across numerous fields including, tourism, business, philanthropy, medical
research and education.
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