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University of Haifa President to Visit on Oct. 5


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UMass Lowell, University of Haifa to Sign Agreement
to Offer Degree through New Center

Monday, Oct. 5, 2009
4 to 6 p.m.

WHAT:  UMass Lowell officially launches its new Center for Middle East Peace, Development and Culture with a visit by University of Haifa President Aaron Ben Ze’ev. Ben Ze’ev will meet with UMass Lowell representatives to sign a memorandum of understanding that will include establishing a new degree in peace studies and conflict management to be offered by both universities.

The establishment of the Center for Middle East Peace, Development and Culture, headed by Prof. Paula Rayman, will work with the University of Haifa and other institutions to further research and educational opportunities in science, humanities, engineering, social sciences, health and education. It will explore collaborative ventures in Middle East nations including Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Turkey.

The center’s first program, held Sept. 29, featured Prof. Yoram Meital of Ben-Gurion University discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with UMass Lowell Provost Ahmed Abdelal, faculty and graduate students. Future programs including guest speakers, seminars and cultural events open to the public will be announced. Please note: The Oct. 5 event is open only to media and invited guests.

The new Middle East center reflects UMass Lowell’s growing commitment to providing the educational vision to promote peace and the understanding necessary for the future of our society, both locally and globally. In addition to the agreement with the University of Haifa, UMass Lowell is partnering with two Irish universities to offer the U.S./Ireland Emerging Technologies Conference on Oct. 19 and 20 (

WHERE:   Allen House, UML South, Two Solomont Way, Lowell. Media interested in covering the event should contact the Office of Public Affairs for directions and parking information.

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224