Apr. 26, 2021

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) has successfully launched its first virtual Open Day for Chinese students on Friday, 9th April 2021. More than 700 students participated in this event, making it the most significant online Open Day this year.

The Open Day was hosted by Prof. Naftali Lazarovitch and Chinese student ambassadors. Opening greetings from Prof. Noam Weisbrod (director of Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research) and Prof. Ali Nejidat (head of Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies). It followed by a virtual tour of Sede Boker campus, then introductory videos of The French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands,  Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, and The Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research given by Prof. Simon Barak, Dr. Edo Bar-Zeev, and Prof. Iris Visoly-Fisher respectively. Presentations covered topics of study programs, campus living, the admissions process, and scholarship information. After presentations, audiences were allowed to ask professors as well as Chinese student ambassadors questions directly.

 "This Open Day enables us to attract smart and hard-working Chinese students from leading universities while making new connections and let more people in China learn more about what we are doing and what it's like to study here," says Prof. Naftali Lazarovitch, the Open Day organizer.

This Open Day event was prepared by five Chinese student ambassadors: Ji Qin, Kaining Zhou, Lingling Wen, Wei Zhang, and Yang Yang. They made a great effort to make this Open Day informative and well-advertised in China. Due to the success of this event, BIDR plan to have its second Open Day on the 5th May 2021.

This is the link to the recorded video of the first Open Day: