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January 20, 2017 10:04 am

Israel’s President Honors Philanthropist for Supporting American-Israeli STEM Research

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Mortimer Zuckerman (left) with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem. Photo: Israel Hadari.

Mortimer Zuckerman (left) with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem. Photo: Israel Hadari.

JNS.org — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin honored a media mogul and philanthropist this week for his campaign to support joint US-Israel projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

At the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, Rivlin recognized Mortimer Zuckerman for the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program, which will provide more than $100 million in scholarships and other funding over the next 20 years to American post-doctoral researchers and graduate students looking to collaborate with Israeli academics at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

“One person can, by himself, think of and find, but when we work together we share experience and truly advance. As an Israeli, I know that you, Mr. Zuckerman, are one of the great people that has helped us create something that allows Israel to be appreciated all over the world for its education and responsibility,” Rivlin said.

The first group of “Zuckerman Scholars” began their collaborative efforts during the 2016–2017 academic year.

Zuckerman said he has “always admired what the Israelis could achieve in a country that is not rich in natural resources, but rich in human resources.”

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