Israel’s fifth medical school - the first in nearly four
decades - opens on Sunday in Safed. Bar-Ilan University will officially open
its Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee in the city of Safed, in the presence of
the President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his whole
cabinet, regional council heads, Galilee hospital directors, Council for Higher
Education leaders and prominent business people.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a ceremony marking
the opening of the 2011-12 academic year. Speakers will include Education
Minister Gideon Sa'ar; chairman of the Council for Higher Education’s planning
and budgeting committee Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg; Bar-Ilan University president
Prof. Moshe Kaveh and rector Prof. Haim Taitelbaum; and Prof. Ran Tur-Kaspa, the
new dean of of the faculty of medicine.
The medical school is located on a temporary campus, but a
new, permanent one will replace it. The enterprise is expected not only to bring
high-quality and students and faculty to the Galilee but also to raise the
standard of medicine in hospitals in the region, as clinical studies will be
held there. Dozens of returning Israelis who completed the first few years of
theoretical studies will already begin their clinical work now, while the rest
will begin their theoretical work in Safed.