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A huge donation worth a billion shekels to Bar-Ilan University: one of the largest donations given to universities in Israel

The donor, who chose to remain anonymous, is a Jew from North America and a graduate of Columbia University who participated in World War II, saw the State of Israel as a safe home for the Jewish people and recognized the importance of its economic and social stability

The observatory building at Bar Ilan University. Illustration: depositphotos.com
The observatory building at Bar Ilan University. Illustration: depositphotos.com

The president of Bar-Ilan University, Prof. Aryeh Tsavan, informed the university's board of trustees today of a huge donation worth one billion shekels that was awarded for investment in science. This is the largest donation given to Bar-Ilan University since its founding, and one of the largest donations given to universities in Israel.  

The donor, who chose to remain anonymous, is a Jew from North America and a graduate of Columbia University who participated in World War II, saw the State of Israel as a safe home for the Jewish people and recognized the importance of its economic and social stability. The donor chose to invest his fortune in Bar-Ilan University as a research institution capable of taking on the great task of developing science-based technological resilience in Israel.  

Prof. Aryeh Tsavan, President of Bar-Ilan University, in his words to the Board of Trustees, expanded on the vision that led to the donation: "The donor, a man with a broad academic education, believed that the development of Israel's technological resilience rested first and foremost on groundbreaking science. During his visits to Israel, he was impressed that Bar-Ilan University has a great influence in the fields central to the country's existence, thanks to its well-established scientific infrastructures and its deep involvement in the social life of Israel in all its nuances.

"We will invest the inheritance gift worth a billion shekels in the development of Deep Tech sciences that will affect the future of Israel and humanity as a whole. This is just the beginning and I call on other partners to join the path of science that we are leading for the sake of our society and economy."

Bar-Ilan University will recruit, in the first phase, dozens of outstanding researchers in Deep Tech sciences such as energy, environment, health, engineering, bio-convergence, quantum, cyber, AI and natural language processing. In addition, Bar-Ilan will establish dozens of advanced research laboratories, support the advancement of graduate students and create innovation spaces, based on science, in cooperation with parties outside the academy such as the high-tech industry, the public sector and the health system. Bar-Ilan University researchers will deal with the challenges facing Israel's technological resilience and develop science-based solutions.

"We have a big task ahead of us," said Prof. Tsavan in conclusion of his remarks before the Board of Trustees. "The State of Israel, today more than ever, needs support and investments in science and its human capital. Our technological strength, based on science, is the key to a prosperous society and economy."

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