Saturday, September 10, 2011

Peretz Lavie, president of the Technion: Fast reflexes

Influence on Israel's economy: Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie is ranked #35 by Ha'aretz national newspaper. 

By Lior Dattel, The MARKER.

Peretz Lavie - Moran Maayan - 05092011
Photo by Moran Maayan

The Technion headed by Prof. Peretz Lavie, a specialist on sleep, has extended its activities abroad in recent years. It has signed cooperation agreements with 116 universities in different parts of the world, and this year it inaugurated a research center for computer engineering that will be the largest of its kind in the Middle East.
Its activities are characterized by a rare flexibility in the Israeli academic world: Soon after natural gas deposits were discovered off the country's coast, the Technion developed a study program at the master's level to train engineers and other professionals in the field of natural gas and oil.

Expansion takes money and the friends of the Technion abroad have been helpful. Lavie has helped enlist donations. This year the Technion announced it was raising $30 million for he computer engineering center; it recently reported that it had raised donations to the tune of $60 million for various purposes. Only last year, the largest ever campaign for donations to the Technion, which lasted 13 years, came to an end, bringing in a total of some $1 billion.

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