18.07.2011 16.Tammus, 5771
New Worlds: Despite well-known tensions between British academia and Israel, British university will offer scholarship in name of Rivka Carmi.
Despite well-known tensions – for political reasons – between British academia and Israel, there is good news from Beersheba and Oxford on this front. Oxford University will soon be offering a post-graduate scholarship to a Ben-Gurion University of the Negev graduate, the two universities agreed recently. Unusually, they will be called the Rivka Carmi Scholarships to honor Prof. Rivka Carmi, current president of BGU, who was the first woman dean of an Israeli medical school (BGU’s Health Sciences Faculty) and an accomplished geneticist and pediatrician by training. Carmi has also devoted much of her professional career – both medical and administrative – to working with those on the margins of society.
The scholarships will be offered at Oxford’s Exeter College, and will be open to masters and PhD graduates of any discipline, with priority given to women, minorities or those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Founded in 1314, Exeter College celebrates diversity and excellence in teaching and research. Its academic fellows come from a dozen different countries, from as far away as India, Australia and the US, and as close as Europe. Unique among the Oxford colleges, it has its own Careers and Internships Office to help students excel after graduation, and boasts strong integration between undergraduates, graduates and Fellows. “This is the first time that any Israeli university has partnered with Oxford,” said Rector Frances Cairncross, noting that the connection will hopefully nurture personal relationships. Oxford registrar Prof. Ewan McKendrick welcomed the scholarships as a “refreshing idea for promoting all that is best at universities.”…