Indo-Israel relations strengthened by visit of Indian minister
Tel Aviv University (TAU) recently hosted a meeting of presidents of Israeli universities with Dr S. Jaishankar, Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs. University presidents and senior leaders from TAU, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Ben Gurion University in the Negev, University of Haifa and Bar Ilan University were present.
The minister met with leaders to discuss opportunities to expand and deepen academic ties between the two countries, according to a TAU statement.
The minister also met with a group of Indian students studying in Israel to hear their experiences and suggestions on how to expand student mobility.
Israeli university leaders called for more bilateral mechanisms to support joint research and student mobility.
The Minister noted that universities play an important role in strengthening bilateral relations. Although there has been increased cooperation in the field of higher education in recent years, there is great potential to strengthen ties in areas such as technology and innovation.
Currently, around 1,000 Indian students are studying in Israel, and about half of them are post-doctoral students, according to the announcement. The minister said India is “committed to finding new ways to expand our relationship” and “the challenge ahead is how to extend it and take it up a notch”.
Roohi Chaudry, PhD candidate in cancer biophysics at TAU, reflecting on her experiences studying in Israel, said: “Studying at TAU and Israel has helped me better understand so many diverse cultures and take a giant leap out of my comfort zone to discover endless opportunities. Well-equipped research laboratories with world-class infrastructure and the most advanced innovative learning techniques have helped to strengthen my desire to make research my line of work ”. She applauded the minister’s visit and called for “more student exchanges in the future which will prove to be a testament to the strengthening of Indo-Israeli relations.”
Professor Ariel Porat, President of TAU, underlined the importance of the Minister’s visit in the context of the next 30e anniversary of diplomatic relations and growing ties between the two countries.
“TAU sees India as a strategic priority and we see great potential in expanding our partnerships with leading academic and industrial institutions in India.” Professor Daniel Chamovitz, President of Ben-Gurion University, said: “The strong academic collaboration between India and Israel is based on common values that facilitate personal interactions,” he said.