The partnership between UMass Lowell and the University of Haifa was officially launched when Chancellor Marty Meehan and President Aaron Ben-Ze’ev signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation across disciplines in education and research. The collaboration between the two universities will include:
- Cooperation across disciplines in education and research.
- Faculty exchange across disciplines.
- Student exchange through collaborative programs and reciprocal Co-ops and internships.
- BA/MA Program in Peace Studies.
- Summer institute between the Colleges of Education.
The Center for Middle East Peace, Development and Culture 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.
BA/MA in Peace StudiesUMass Lowell and the University of Haifa will create opportunities for student and faculty exchange within the Peace Studies and Conflict Management degree programs. For example, students from UMass Lowell may study in Haifa and do a co-op at a relevant NGO in Israel. The Middle East Center will be working closely with Professors Gavriel Salomon and Sammy Smooha to develop the degree program.
Gavriel Salomon is the director of the Center for Research on Peace Education in Haifa. Professor Salomon will be serving as this year’s Greeley Scholar. Sammy Smooha is the director of the program in Peace and Conflict Management at University of Haifa. He is a professor of sociology and currently serves as the Jennings Randolph Senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
School of Education Summer Institute
UMass Lowell and the University of Haifa are collaborating on an international seminar and research study for school leaders in the Lowell and Haifa regions. This program is designed to address how school leaders improve instructional practice through collaborative inquiry and reflective dialogue. Faculty from St. Mary’s University College, Belfast, Ireland are exploring participation in the collaboration. The multi-year project will consist of meetings in Lowell, Haifa, and Belfast as well as online networking.