Weizmann Institute of Science 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot protested on Sunday against having
not been invited to send a scientific representative this year as a member of
the Council for Higher Education.
Prof. Eitan Domani, head of the
institute’s scientific council, wrote to Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar that it
was the first time this occurred since the council was established many years
The Council for Higher Education is the supreme body that sets
government policy regarding institutions of higher learning – the universities
and the colleges – and, through its powerful planning and budgeting committee –
determines the amount of state allocations they receive.
Weizmann is “a
center of excellence in mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry and
life sciences – and one out of every four Israelis who received a doctorate in
these subjects is a Weizmann Institute graduate,” Domani said.
continued that the Education Ministry’s omission of the institute “points to
failure to give suitable weight to important aspects that it represents –
excellence in scientific research and the training in outstanding researchers in
these fields.” He said the council doesn’t have a single member who is an expert
mathematics and physics, which “will harm the council’s ability to cope with the
complicated challenges that the country’s academia faces in the coming
The council recently reduced the number of its university
representatives from 11 to only eight, he said. As the members “do not
accurately represent the sciences,” Domani called on Sa’ar to rethink his