When Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an agreement with two Israeli universities, FAU’s president was right beside him.
Florida Atlantic University officials confirmed Dr. John Kelly accompanied the governor to Israel this past weekend.
Separate Memorandums of Understanding were also signed between FAU University, the University of Haifa, Ariel University and Israel’s Agricultural Research Institute, Volcani Center.
Another university agreement was expected Tuesday in Tel Aviv.
“FAU and the University of Haifa will collaborate on research focusing on the fields of marine science and engineering, invasive species and harmful blooms and other opportunities. In a second MOU, the two schools agreed to collaborate on exchange programs for faculty and students, especially in support of marine sciences and diplomacy programs,” according to the governor’s office.
FAU and Ariel will develop exchange opportunities for scholars and students, and explore co-operative research opportunities, the office said. Ariel is a settlement in Israel’s central west bank.
Kelly called the collaborations “important for partnerships between faculty, student exchanges and “joint research projects in medicine and human health issues to disease such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and addiction research.”
These were not FAU’s first agreements with Israeli universities.
“As one of two sponsors of the Florida–Israel Institute, FAU has long-established ties with several Israeli universities that already are benefitting education and innovation in business, engineering, marine science, medicine and more,” Kelly said in a state FAU released Tuesday.