Above: French Ambassador to Israel Hélène Le Gal (second from the left) and Vice-President for External Affairs Prof. Steve Rosen (third from left) with the French delegation members and BGU representatives
Recently the new French Ambassador to Israel, Hélène Le Gal, visited Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The delegation arriving with the ambassador divided into two groups, one led by the ambassador mainly interested in expanding cooperation with the University in connection to student exchange and research, and the second from the economic department of the French embassy, met with staff from BGU’s Department of Computer Science.
During their visit, the delegation met with the BGU Rector Prof. Zvi HaCohen; Vice-Rector for International Academic Affairs Prof. Limor Aharonson-Daniel; Dr. Stavi Baram Director of the Office for International Academic Affairs; as well as with Israeli and French exchange students. During the visit, Vice-President for External Affairs, Prof. Steve Rosen, presented a review outlining the fields of excellence at and the uniqueness of the University, such as the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, other leading institutes, the integration of Bedouin students at the University, and more.
The delegation also met with the mayor of Beer- Sheva, Ruvik Danilovich and visited the Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) in which the University is a partner. The ambassador noted that she had heard about the changes and development in Beer-Sheva and it made her curious to visit.