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  • Former Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Moshe Kaveh

    Former Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Moshe Kaveh

    Council for Higher Education to Award Prize to Former University President Prof. Moshe Kaveh

    Date: 2018-11-04 Hour: 9:32

    The Higher Education Prize Committee of the Israel Council for Higher Education will award physicist and former Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Moshe Kaveh its Prize for Higher Education.  The Prize is awarded in recognition of significant change and extraordinary development of an academic institution as a result of outstanding leadership.

    The prize will be awarded to Prof. Kaveh at a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Council for Higher Education (CHE) in the presence of President Reuven Rivlin, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Chairman of the CHE, Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, former education ministers and Council chairmen, and current university presidents.

    Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Arie Zaban congratulated Prof. Kaveh for his significant impact on Bar-Ilan and on higher education in Israel while he headed the University, and wished him continued success in his research in physics.

    In commending Prof. Kaveh, University Rector Prof. Miriam Faust said, "This award is a great honor.  I wish you many more years of continued success for the benefit of the University and for the benefit of higher education in Israel.”

    Retired Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner, Chairman of the Award Committee,   explained why the committee elected to award the prize to Prof. Kaveh. "When he assumed office, Bar-Ilan University focused on research and teaching in humanities and social sciences.  With much determination Prof. Kaveh led a process that transformed the University into a leader in the fields of natural sciences and exact sciences, as well.”

    The award citation noted that the University achieved this feat due to the fact that it absorbed many Israeli scientists returning from abroad.  "During Prof. Kaveh’s tenure, the University experienced unprecedented growth and development, both academically and in its physical and research infrastructure, in addition to increasing the number of students studying at the University.”

    The committee further elaborated that during Prof. Kaveh’s tenure, the University’s growth was reflected in the construction of a large new campus which doubled the size of its existing physical plant, and in the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee. "The establishment of the Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee is the most important and meaningful national and Zionist project. It is a tremendous contribution to the advancement of medicine in the State of Israel in general and in the Galilee in particular, in addition to boosting educational and economic development in the Galilee and creating new jobs.”

    Committee members noted that Prof. Kaveh established research centers in groundbreaking disciplines. "He initiated the establishment of the multidisciplinary Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, as well as the important Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, as well as the School of Engineering, which later became an important and central faculty at the University for the research and teaching of many current fields of engineering," they said.

    Finally, the Prize Committee commended the former president's activities in promoting a series of academic and social initiatives, such as the establishment of religious-secular dialogue groups to encourage direct communication and foster closer relations between these important sectors of society, offering education and science activities to the general public, making education accessible to Israelis living in the country’s peripheries and to the ultra-Orthodox public, promoting the status of women, and launching various projects in Judaism and Jewish heritage.

    The members of the Prize Committee concluded that during Prof. Kaveh’s tenure, Bar-Ilan University grew beyond recognition. "Prof. Kaveh has brought about dramatic development, and in his many and blessed initiatives he has made a significant change in Bar-Ilan University's academic and research status and in terms of the number of students and student populations that study there."

    Prof. Kaveh is currently continuing his research at the Institute of Advanced Technology and the Department of Physics at Bar-Ilan University and as a visiting professor at Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Prof. Kaveh has published more than 300 articles in physics and has won many awards for his scientific work.

    The award will be presented at the seventh Higher Education Conference on Tuesday, November 6, in Jerusalem.