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A Hebrew University milestone: more women than men will obtain doctorates in the exact sciences


University will award a record 375 doctoral degrees at June 16 Convocation

June 18: Public launch of new brain sciences center with President Peres and Mrs. Lily Safra

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will confer a record 375 doctor of philosophy and doctor of law degrees — the most doctorates awarded since the Hebrew University was established — at its Sunday, June 16 annual Convocation ceremony. This number also represents the largest graduating class in the State of Israel.

This is the second consecutive year in which more women than men will receive doctoral degrees, and the first year that more women than men will receive a doctorate in the exact sciences: 120 women compared to 104 men.

Outside of the exact sciences, more women than men will also receive doctoral degrees: 85 women compared to 66 men. In total, 205 women and 170 men will receive doctoral degrees. A total of 224 degrees will be awarded in the exact sciences, while 151 will be awarded in other disciplines.

The Convocation can be viewed live at http://multimedia.huji.ac.il.

The Convocation will include the awarding of the Solomon Bublick Prize and the Samuel Rothberg Prize for Jewish Education, as well as the conferral of honorary doctorates. The honorary doctorate recipients are:

—Prof. Sidney Altman, molecular biologist and Nobel laureate in chemistry at Yale University, USA;

—Pierre Falcone, international entrepreneur and supporter of brain sciences, Hong Kong;

—Daniel Jacobson, attorney, jurist and longtime Governor and friend of the Hebrew University, Israel;

—Prof. Mauro Perani, Jewish studies scholar and director of the Italian Genizah Project, Italy;

—Dr. Leonard Polonsky, international business leader and educational visionary, UK;

—Prof. Marina Ratner, mathematician in the field of homogeneous dynamics, UC Berkeley, USA;

—Chanita Rodney, founder and member of Enosh, the Israel Mental Health Association, and supporter of medical research, Israel;

—George A. Schieren, USA, attorney and former president and chair of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, USA;

—Prof. Michael Walzer, political theorist, philosopher and public intellectual at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA;

—Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, former president of Mexico and leading international economist, Mexico.

On June 17, the legendary actress, singer and philanthropist Barbra Streisand will receive an honorary doctorate in a separate ceremony. Also receiving an honorary doctorate, but not attending the events, is influential painter and conceptual artist Moshe Gershuni of Israel.

On June 18, at the Israeli Presidential Conference, the Hebrew University will celebrate the public launch of The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) in the presence of President Shimon Peres and Mrs. Lily Safra. A new exhibition at the Presidential Conference, “Tomorrow: State of Mind,” will highlight the role of Israeli scientists in international brain science research, with interactive exhibits featuring scientific breakthroughs from senior Israeli researchers, and the work of young researchers from universities throughout Israel.

The 76th Meeting of the Hebrew University’s Board of Governors is taking place in conjunction with the annual Israeli Presidential Conference, an international event which will celebrate the 90th birthday of the President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres.

The Board of Governors meeting will commence on June 13 and end on June 18, with a festive celebration honoring President Peres and marking the opening of the Presidential Conference, which will continue until June 20.

A full schedule of events for the Board of Governors meeting is available at http://www.hubog2013.com/.

About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ranked among the top academic and research institutions worldwide, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel's leading university and premier research institution. Serving 23,000 students from 70 countries, the Hebrew University  produces a third of Israel’s civilian research and has been ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won seven Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal in the last decade. The Hebrew University was founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann. It is located on three campuses in Jerusalem and a fourth in Rehovot, and online at http://new.huji.ac.il/en.

A Hebrew University milestone: more women than men will obtain doctorates in the exact sciences