Israel’s president recognizes $100 million American-Israeli STEM education initiative



Mortimer Zuckerman (left) with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem. Credit: Israel Hadari. 

( Israeli President Reuven Rivlin honored a $100 million U.S.-Israel initiative for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

At the President's Residence in Jerusalem this week, Rivlin recognized media mogul and philanthropist Mortimer Zuckerman for the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program, which provides scholarships supporting American post-doctoral researchers and graduate students in their efforts to collaborate with Israeli researchers at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

“One person can, by himself, think of and find, but when we work together we share experience and truly advance. As an Israeli, I know that you, Mr. Zuckerman, are one of the great people that has helped us create something that allows Israel to be appreciated all over the world for its education and responsibility,” Rivlin said.

The first group of the STEM program’s “Zuckerman Scholars” began their collaborative efforts during the 2016–2017 academic year. The program intends to provide more than $100 million in scholarships and other funding over the course of 20 years.

Zuckerman said he has “always admired what the Israelis could achieve in a country that is not rich in natural resources, but rich in human resources.”

Posted on January 20, 2017 .