Ben-Gurion and Arizona Universities Sign Research Agreement on Nanotechnology, Robotics

ASU already has an ongoing overseas study program with BGU.


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Arizona State University (ASU) have expanded their partnership with a new joint research agreement.

The expanded collaboration will establish new research initiatives as well as student exchanges. The two universities will collaborate in a number of areas, including cyber security, homeland security, nanotechnology, robotics, community medicine, remote sensing, and sustainability.

ASU already has an ongoing overseas study program with BGU.

“ASU and BGU are two universities that are growing along similar lines – from the natural desert environment in which they are based to their vision, strive for excellence, innovation, and community action, ” says Prof.

Dan Blumberg, BGU’s vice president and dean for research and development and an alumnus of ASU. “The purpose of the project is to create a platform upon which to cultivate collaborations between researchers that could open up new research opportunities.”

“ASU and BGU share many commonalities: innovation, similar geographic environments, locations in important urban centers, diverse student bodies, and complicated socioeconomic environments, ” says Prof. Sethuraman (Panch) Panchanathan, senior vice president of ASU’s Global Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development. “Most importantly, we share a deep mutual commitment to understanding society’s biggest challenges at the local and global levels and developing next-level solutions.”

Although ASU has worked with BGU for a number of years, this engagement “has now risen to a much higher level, ” says Stephen Feinson, associate vice president of knowledge enterprise development.

“We’re excited about the expansion of our relationship with Arizona State University, ” says Philip Gomperts, regional director of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. “This new collaboration will hopefully yield innovations and breakthroughs in a number of areas as we continue to work together.”

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