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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.

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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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