Israeli Universities Get $100 Million for STEM Research

January 28, 2016

The businessman and newspaper publisher Mortimer Zuckerman has pledged more than $100 million over 20 years to fund science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related research at four Israeli universities, The Jewish Week reported. The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program is two pronged: a postdoctoral scholars program is intended to attract researchers from the U.S. and other Western countries, while a faculty scholars program is planned to bring back Israeli academics living abroad.

“We are pleased and grateful to have Mort Zuckerman as a partner in advancing two top national priorities in Israel -- reversing brain drain and deepening the Israeli-American friendship,” Joseph Klafter, the president of Tel Aviv University, one of the four participating institutions, said in a statement.

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