In June 2009, a delegation from UMass Lowell traveled to Israel to begin partnerships with several universities. The delegation was led by Provost Ahmed Abdelal and included Professor Paula Rayman, Director of the Middle East Center, Dean Anita Greenwood, Graduate School of Education, Dean Bob Tamarin, Sciences, Professor Stephen McCarthy, Plastics Engineering, and Professor Susan Braunhut, Biological Sciences.
At the University of Haifa, the delegation met with President Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, Vice President and Dean of Research Majid Al-Haj, Rector Yossi Ben Artzi, and Dean of Education Ofra Mayseless. Members of the two universities decided to establish an institutional collaboration agreement. This collaboration encompasses faculty and student exchange, research partnerships, and a joint BA/MA program in Peace Studies. On Oct. 5, President Ben Ze’ev signed the agreement at UMass Lowell.
The Deans of Education, Anita Greenwood and Ofra Mayseless, proposed a joint Summer Institute between the universities. Currently, Professor Jim Nehring and Professor Stacy Szczesiul are working with their counterparts at the University of Haifa to establish a summer institute dedicated to Cultivating Professional Learning Communities.
Professor Susan Braunhut and Professor Stephen McCarthy visited Technion University to explore possible collaborations in the sciences and engineering.
The entire delegation traveled to Ben-Gurion University for a meeting with Rector Jimmy Weinblatt. The Rector is planning on visiting UMass Lowell in Spring 2010 in order to continue the conversation about how the two universities can establish partnerships and exchanges.
At Shenkar University, the delegation met with President Amotz Weinberg, Professor Hanna Dodiuk, head of Plastics Engineering, and Professor Samuel Kenig, Dean of the faculty of Engineering and head of Chemical Engineering. UMass Lowell and Shenkar University have a joint graduate program in Plastics Engineering.