Monday, December 26, 2011

Technion Excellence in Teaching - Yanai Prize Awarded

The Technion awards the Yanai Prize for the first time to 14 lecturers who see teaching as a 'calling'.


The Yanai Prize for Excellence in Academic Education awards up 100,000 shekels to each lecturer; 
Technion President: “I will continue to do everything to improve the learning environment at the Technion and make it more friendly and enjoyable”


Moshe Yanai (on the right) receiving the Distinguished Fellow of the Faculty decoration from the
Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Prof. 
Adam Shwartz. 

On Wednesday, the Yanai Awards for Excellence in Teaching will be awarded for the first time to 14 lecturers. Each lecturer will receive 100,000 shekels, as a personal award. Technion President, Prof. Peretz Lavie, said that the prize is being awarded as part of his drive to improve the learning environment at the Technion.


 “The idea of establishing the Yanai Prize emerged from my first meeting with Moshe Yanai, a graduate of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, a Distinguished Fellow of the Faculty, and a pioneer in the field of computerized data storage,” relates Prof. Lavie. “Moshe told me about his learning experience in the Technion. He said that the Technion equipped him with important and effective tools that contributed to his professional success, that the level of studies was very high, but that he does not recall his time at the Technion as enjoyable. I told him that the Technion has two completely different sides. On the one hand – it is an outstanding institution that is counted among the leaders in its field around the world and on other, it has a less positive side: it is perceived by students as a demanding institution that is not student-friendly. I told him that when I was installed as President of the Technion, I would do everything I could to improve the learning atmosphere. Thus, the Yanai Prize was born.”


The 14 prize winners were chosen by a committee headed by Technion Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Moshe Sidi. The committee comprised students, faculty members and education specialists. Together, they evaluated teaching achievements and attituds of each and every candidate according to student statements, letters of recommendation sent by colleagues and position papers by the candidates in which they expressed their educational methods.


“The Yanai Awards will enable us to place the winners at the forefront so that they can serve as role models,” stresses Prof. Lavie. “I have no doubt that this prize will contribute to the learning atmosphere at the Technion.”

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