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Thomas Jefferson says “Shalom” to Israel



Thomas Jefferson University officially opened its third global center in Jerusalem in June, building on existing research and educational relationships there, including those at Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School and the Weizmann Institute of Sciences.

The Jefferson Israel Center will reflect the wider academic offerings that have become available since the merger with Philadelphia University, which offers professions-based programs including architecture, design, textiles, fashion, engineering, and business.

“Israel today is what Silicon Valley was in the late 1990s. It’s an ecosystem of innovation that has more technology start-ups per capita than anywhere in the world right now,” says Mark L. Tykocinski, MD, provost and executive vice president of Academic Affairs at Jefferson.

Zvi Grunwald, MD, who will serve as executive director of the Jefferson Israel Center, foresees “giving an industrial design or smart textiles project to our students in those disciplines and the very same project to students at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design or Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and having them work across continents on solutions that are powered by diversity of thought, experience and culture.”