November 20, 2013 Technion to Launch Arab Language Course On Line in January 2014

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Canadian Jewish News Paul Lungen, Staff Reporter, Monday, November 18, 2013

Among the many calumnies faced by the State of Israel is the claim that it’s an apartheid state. In some quarters, that allegation has prompted calls for an academic boycott of Israeli universities and colleges.

Yet on Jan. 3, 2014, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, headquartered in Haifa, will launch its first ever “massive online open course,” or MOOC, in the Arabic language.

The course on nano-technology will be led by Hossam Haick, a faculty member in the Technion’s chemical engineering department who is an Arab.

So far, students from Saudi Arabia, Syria, Abu Dhabi, the Gulf Emirates and even Canada have registered to take the course, said Technion president Peretz Lavie.

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November 10, 2013 Technion Canada’s Annual General Meeting Hosts Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie

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SONY DSCOn Sunday, November 10, 2013, Technion Canada held its Annual General meeting at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto. Elections were held for the Technion Canada Board of Directors and 24 Technion supporters were elected to serve as Directors of Technion Canada. The Officers elected for  2013-2014 are: Chair – Doreen Green; President – Marvin Ostin; Vice President – Edward Nagel; Treasurer – Harold Garfinkle; Secretary – Neil Closner; Officers at Large – Julian Brass and Ben Wygodny.
Following completion of the business at hand, the Directors and several other invited guests were treated to an exciting presentation by Technion President, Prof. Peretz Lavie. Prof. Lavie shared some thoughts he had as to what the most memorable moment of his Presidency might be – in Stockholm witnessing the awarding of a Noble Prize to a Technion Professor or in New York at the signing of the Partnership between Technion and Cornell to create the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute or just recently in Israel, for the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Technion and Shantou University (STU) to launch TGIT, a new academic facility in Guangdong Province,the most populous of China’s 22 provinces along with a $130,000,000. donation to the Technion by the Li Ka Shing Foundation (LKSF).The gift from LKSF is the largest ever to the Technion and one of the most generous in the history of Israeli higher education. It will be used for strengthening Technion’s Haifa campus, for the benefit of its students and researchers.