Between 18 and 21 February 2019, the Office of Research Support and Global Engagement at IDC Herzliya successfully hosted its 1st International Partner Week.
The week-long event involved 27 participants from nine different countries, representing 18 institutions:
Germany: Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University; Frankfurt School of Finance & Management; HWR Berlin; LMU München; Reutlingen University; University of Hohenheim; University of Mannheim; Universtität Konstanz
Portugal: Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
France: ISG International Business School
Singapore: Public Service Commission Secretariat Singapore
Czech Republic: Škoda Auto University
Sweden: Stockholm School of Economics; University of Gothenburg
Mexico: Tec de Monterrey
Spain: University of Granada
Lithuania: Vytautas Magnus University
The overall purpose of the week was to further expose our participants to IDC Herzliya; to Israel (for many this was their 1st trip to Israel); to learn from one-another; and to discuss existing and future projects. To this end, we facilitated a series of talks, workshops and keynotes, all within the framework of global engagement in higher education.
- On day one, Dr. Eric Zimmerman, Prof. Boaz Ganor, Mr. Christian Jowers, and Ms. Michelle Spivak Rechnitz provided an overview of IDC Herzliya and a broad understanding of Israel’s geo-politics.
- The morning of day two saw the Law Clinics, led by Adv. Sharon Sionov, deliver an engaging symposium on the type of community engagement project based at IDC Herzliya. Adv. Yael Vias Gvirsman, Adv. Ilan Jonas, and Adv. Ziv Lidror shared their experiences leading their respective clinics, i.e.: The Refugees and Immigrants’ Rights Clinic; The International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic; The Shira Banki Anti Hate Clinic; and The Street Law Clinic. In the afternoon, Ms. Brigitte Ilg from Baden Wuertemberg Cooperative State University delivered a workshop on ‘intercultural competences’.
- On the third day, Ms. Carine Katz and Ms. Karin Kaufman gave presentations on the Raphael Recanati International School and the Career Center at IDC Herzliya. Following that, Prof. Harald Gleissner, Deputy President at the Berlin School of Economics and Law delivered a workshop on ‘global collaboration in entrepreneurship education and university-based business incubators’. Whilst on the topic of entrepreneurship, in the afternoon, participants were exposed to the Zell Entrepreneurship program, and in particular to two of the newly formed Zell groups, who pitched their venture to group. Prof. Daniel Levy, Associate Professor at the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, also gave a talk on a relevant subject, i.e. the tensions between research and teaching in higher education. To end the day, H.E. the EU Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Emanuele Giaufret gave a keynote on EU-Israel relations, introduced by Prof. Uriel Reichman, who also provided the group with his vision of upcoming developments.
- On the fourth and last day, Mr. Denis Tkachuk, Head of International Affairs for the Council for Higher Education of Israel (CHE) and the Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) offered an insightful presentation regarding the work undertaken by the CHE to increase Israel’s international engagement in tertiary education.
The outcome of our engagement with the above stakeholders deepens our understanding and collaboration in the form of continued exchange of ideas, best practice and joint projects.
International partner weeks are common practice in Higher Education and provide a strong platform for discussions. In its 25th anniversary, IDC Herzliya presented itself as a steadfast player vis-à-vis its partners and we look forward to hosting a second edition in the future!