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Harvard University makes aliyah

Peres to announce establishment of first academic campus in Bedouin city as prestigious US university staff vow to support project

Itamar Eichner
Published: 04.01.12, 13:04 / Israel News

Harvard is considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in the United States and across the world. Some of its graduates include presidents, prime ministers and Nobel Prize laureates.

 

Now the university is about to make aliyah, specifically to Israel's southern Bedouin city – Rahat, according to President Shimon Peres, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

 

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Peres is expected to visit Rahat this week and meet with High School seniors to tell them about his vision – establishing a university campus in Israel's largest Bedouin city.

 

According to his plan, Bedouin and Jewish students will study side by side as a way of brining both communities together. The campus will be located in "Idan Hanegev," a new industrial park currently being built near Rahat.

 

The students of this new establishment will receive strong support from Harvard, after Peres personally met with the university's senior staff asking them to join the project.

 

In turn, they expressed tremendous enthusiasm and promised to assist the academic partnership between both countries. Even the president of University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) assured Peres he would help out.

 

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will oversee the new campus' operations, and will be considered a BGU branch.

 

Peres has expressed his wishes to make higher education available to Rahat's 60,000 residents and believes this is the way to realize his vision. The president will also help raise the necessary funds for the project.

 

During his visit to Rahat, Peres will participate in the inauguration of another important project – 8,000 new housing units in the city.

 

Mati Siver contributed to this report

 

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