Beyond the beautiful green campus and the impressive fast- paced development that the university has undergone, it is also important for us to share with you, the graduate community, a few of Bar-Ilan’s recent achievements and developments.
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Whether you finished your studies at Bar-Ilan recently and certainly if you are a long time veteran of the university, upon your return you may be surprised to see how the campus has transformed into an expansive and spectacular establishment. The building of new and advanced learning facilities has added on to an already improved infrastructure, both inside the classroom and out. For those on campus -- which has doubled its size in the past decade – you will encounter the new shuttle transport system that provides students and faculty a quick and convenient travel method within the broad campus.
One of the most important Bar-Ilan achievements in the latest years was the opening of the Azrieli School of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University in the Galilee . This achievement goes beyond Bar- Ilan itself and can be attributed the entire country and specifically the Northern region. The increasing need to improve medical care in the periphery, the shortage of doctors, and the importance of attracting the brightest minds and specialists to smaller hospitals are issues that have been widely discussed for many years. Bar- Ilan's new medical school provides a positive and productive solution to these needs. The school consists of 145 staff members, including 78 clinical instructors and 67 senior staff members, 13 of whom are returning scientists. 3 additional staff members will be absorbed in 2014 along with 8 new researches in 2015-16. The school now has over 400 students enrolled, including MSc and PhD candidates in Medical Sciences.
We can already see how The Azrieli School of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University is transforming medicine in the Galilee into a magnet for instructors and great doctors who are simultaneously working in hospitals throughout the Tzfat region of the Galilee . These doctors, as well as the students who will be trained there, are spearheading the movement that will lead to the improvement of medical care residents of the Galilee as well as the overall quality of medical care in Israel. Projects like "Raphael" aims to promote healthy living and lifestyle while the "Teddy Bear Hospital" helps reduce anxiety in younger patients. It is in this way that the School of Medicine in the Galilee seeks to improve community life and overall health of the residents in the Galilee.
The Faculty of Engineering:
Another exciting achievement here at Bar- Ilan is the upgrading of the Bar- Ilan School of Engineering to the status of Faculty of Engineering , an accomplishment accredited to it's intensive academic level and high level of achievement on international standards. Our graduates are sought out in the job market by top high tech companies and work to contribute to the high tech industry and the Israeli economy.
As further evidence of the tremendous achievements of the Faculty of Engineering in the world of technology, Bar- Ilan has become the first team to represent Israel at the World RoboCup competition.
Nano is Big at Bar- Ilan:
The Nano-Technology Institute at Bar-Ilan launched two years ago and is now considered to be one of the most advanced research centers of its kind. Despite its age, the institute holds a prestigious place in the technology world and has been rated one of the leading institutions in a number of citations in scientific journals.
Recently the institute began working on a unique particle accelerator, the first of its kind in the country. Prof. Chaim Sukenik, senior researcher and leader of the acquisition team, says that researchers use Bar Ilan technology to perform sophisticated analysis of various materials with nanometer precision.
Within the framework of the national project to absorb returning scientists from abroad, 12 scientists have already been integrated back into various research institutes. The scientists arrived from various top universities around the world; such as, MIT, Stanford, Harvard, UCSD, and more. With all the scientists returning to their work, the project, which received backing from former university president Moshe Kaveh, is gaining much success.
In the last few years, dozens of Israeli scientists who have worked in the world’s leading academic institutions returned to the Bar-Ilan faculty. Most notably, Professor Moshe Bar, a world-renowned researcher of cognitive neuroscience, has returned from Harvard to take up the position as Head of the Center for Brain Research at Bar-Ilan. The Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan, celebrating a decade since its founding, was the first of its kind in Israel and one of the first in the world to foster collaborations between scientists specializing in a range of fields like psychology, neurology, linguistics, and medicine. Furthermore, the Brain Research Center is the only place in Israel to house the MEG device, a device used for advanced scanning of the brain. In the last few years, dozens of Israeli scientists who have worked in the world’s leading academic institutions returned to the Bar-Ilan faculty. Most notably, Professor Moshe Bar, a world-renowned researcher of cognitive neuroscience, has returned from Harvard to take up the position as Head of the Center for Brain Research at Bar-Ilan. The Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan, celebrating a decade since its founding, was the first of its kind in Israel and one of the first in the world to foster collaborations between scientists specializing in a range of fields like psychology, neurology, linguistics, and medicine. Furthermore, the Brain Research Center is the only place in Israel to house the MEG device, a device used for advanced scanning of the brain.
Another notable academic discipline is the Communications program here at Bar- Ilan University . The recently launched School of Communications is headed by Prof. Eytan Gilboa, an internationally renowned expert in US- Israel relations, international communications and public diplomacy.
The School of Communication is home to the Center for International Communications, which focuses on the training of key factors in dealings with foreign media. For this purpose, the International Center maintains partnerships with schools, training centers and world renowned research centers. In addition, the School of Communications holds workshops with practical information designed to equip students with the knowledge and tools to promote Israel 's image abroad.
Bar Ilan University has been and remains, a proud supporter and participant in the development of social initiatives. One of these initiatives is the student based initiative, The Bar- Ilan Model UN Society . Established in recent years at Bar - Ilan University, t he society is supported by the Dean of Students Office and has won multiple prizes at conferences across the country and across the globe.
Since its establishment in 1955, Bar - Ilan University has grown exponentially. The University currently has eight faculties, 46 departments, 70 institutes and research centers, 80 chairs, hundreds of programs and countless courses. Just last year, Bar- Ilan absorbed 51 new faculty members at all levels and in all areas, 10 of whom are returning scientists from abroad.
The constant influx of achievements, awards and prizes of researchers at Bar - Ilan University , include two Nobel Prize winners in just two years: Prof. Pnina Klein for her educational research and Prof. Adad for his research in the field of criminology.
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