The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa took place this past June 2015, bringing together the board as well as friends from Israel and abroad. The University hosted associations from America, Argentina, Brazil, England, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and Switzerland (further information on friend associations here). The 4-day program featured a wide array of activities, showcasing a range of offerings of the university.
Among the events included an evening titled “Living Together in a Diverse Environment – The University of Haifa as a Role Model for Coexistence.” This evening was hosted by The German Friends Association, with the goal of exploring this topic and presenting various projects that the group supports at the university. The German Friends support several activities on campus, such as The Jewish-Arab Community Leadership Program, Classmates for Coexistence Program, and The ZEIT-Stiftung Grant in the Werner Otto Graduate Arab Women Scholarship Program.
The evening included a presentation with Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, Head of the Jewish-Arab Center, on his research titled “Living Together in a Diverse Campus”. A panel discussion followed with participants Amos Shapira, President; Prof. Edi Barkai, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences; and Adv. Basha’er Fahoum-Jayoussi, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Jewish-Arab Center.
This special evening has become a tradition at the annual meeting over the years, highlighting unique coexistence efforts occurring at the University of Haifa.
International students interested learning more about coexistence, conflict management, peace-building, and reconciliation, may explore the graduate program on Peace and Conflict here. Feel free to contact the International School for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.