We lost one of Israel's great statesmen this week, Shimon Peres. He was a true fighter for Israel and for peace and a staunch partner of Ben-Gurion University since its founding. We officially recognized his leadership three times but he attended countless events at the University over the past 46 years. Click on the item about his connection to BGU to see a photo album spanning decades.
Rosh Hashanah is a time of endings and for new beginnings as we focus our energies on a new year and a new semester. But first, I would like to tell you a little bit about our exciting summer.
There was a noticeable parade of visits from national and international dignitaries and students. Our reputation is growing, which leads to opportunities for unique collaborations that will help us improve even further. From Winnipeg, to Maryland to Norway, BGU is being talked about.
Earlier this summer, some of you, my dear friends, faculty members from the Humanities, and I visited the Vatican for high level meetings and met Pope Francis. It was a fascinating opportunity, which we believe will lead to interesting research collaborations.
We created our own opportunity as a specialized robot was successfully designed here for the first time after 60 years of attempts around the world.
Our students were also very active over the summer, continuing to impress. Whether developing apps and launching startups, or hosting their fellow European students for a taste of the “Start-Up Nation,” they made us proud.
Finally, don't forget to watch our special Rosh Hashanah video right below starring students from the different faculties.