UK university heads visit to boost cooperation

Visit instigated as a result of England's opposition to calls for an academic boycott of Israel.

By JONNY PAUL, JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDENT
October 22, 2007 21:35
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A senior delegation representing British universities arrived in Israel on Monday for a series of consultations to look at ways of enhancing academic cooperation between Israel and the UK. During the two-day visit - organized by the British Council, the UK's international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations - the group will visit a number of Israeli universities and meet leading academics and senior policy makers to look at ways of enhancing academic cooperation. Supported by the British government, the visit was instigated as a result of England's opposition to calls for an academic boycott of Israel. "Following the visit to Israel in June by Bill Rammell, minister for higher education, we felt it was important to take practical steps to bring academics together and explore ways of strengthening university links between the UK and Israel," British Council Director Jim Buttery said. The group will visit Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Haifa University and Bar Ilan University; the delegation will also meet with leading Israeli academics and policy makers including the president and members of the International Advisory Board for Academic Freedom, who were instrumental in the fight against the academic boycott. The group will also be visiting universities in the Palestinian Authority.

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