Northwestern Goes to the Middle East

Northwestern Goes to the Middle East

Northwestern delegation to Israel

University agreement on academic programs signed with Tel Aviv University

Northwestern University expanded the University’s ties with Tel Aviv University and welcomed nearly 100 Northwestern alumni to an event in that city during a recent trip to Israel by Northwestern leaders. School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) dean Penelope Peterson participated in the delegation.

In early April, Northwestern Provost Dan Linzer and his TAU counterpart signed agreements calling for further cooperation between the two institutions, including student and faculty exchange programs, appointments of postdoctoral research fellows and other academic activities.

“Tel Aviv University has proven to be an excellent academic partner in several areas, so we are pleased to strengthen our ties with that institution,” Linzer said. “There are significant opportunities for our faculty and students to engage in research, as well as participate in academic programs there.”

Exploring SESP collaborations
At Tel Aviv University, Peterson met with faculty of the School of Education and other departments to explore the possibility of future research collaborations. A meeting with professor Rafi Nachmias, the head of the School of Education, and faculty members Dan Gibton and Tal Soffer initiated discussion related to SESP’s interest in comparative research that examines education in different countries. Peterson also met with professor Sigal Alon of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Analia Schlosser of the School of Economics to consider mutual interests in policy research.

“This represents one of our efforts as part of our strategic plan to increase the visibility of the School of Education and Social Policy globally and to build global initiatives,” said Peterson. Olin Professor James Spillane is leading the School’s efforts to foster global connections through the School’s new Office of Global Initiatives. For both faculty and students, the office encourages international communication, study and collaboration to extend the School’s resources and address critical issues worldwide.

Study abroad in Israel
This spring, seven undergraduate students from Northwestern are participating in a newly designed program at TAU. The program, led by Elie Rekhess, the Visiting Crown Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern, provides courses in public health and in political science and economics.

“We continue to expand our study abroad programs in countries around the world, and we think this one will be particularly interesting for our students,” said Devora Grynspan, assistant to the president for global initiatives and director of the office of international program development.

“We’d like to see some SESP undergraduates participate in the Israel program next year, especially since the focus is on health policy,” said Peterson. “The topic of health policy may be of special interest to social policy majors.” Students can learn more about the spring quarter study abroad program called Public Health in Israel through Northwestern’s Office of International Program Development.

In addition to the academic meetings in Tel Aviv, the delegation of senior academic and administrative leaders from Northwestern also mingled with nearly 100 alumni and friends of the University during a Celebrate Northwestern event. Hosted by Northwestern trustee Robin Chemers Neustein, the event featured remarks by President Morton Schapiro and by Sally Blount, dean of Kellogg, and Dan Rodriguez, dean of the School of Law.

By Alan Cubbage and SESP
Last Modified: 4/10/14