The University Senate has elected Prof. Gad Gilbar the next Rector of the University. A scholar of Middle East History, with a world-wide reputation in the field of Middle East economic history, Gilbar served as an advisor to the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Economics Ministry during the peace talks and the negotiations on economic matters with the Arab states.
The Haifa native has been with the University since its inception and filled a number of administrative posts in addition to rising to the rank of full professor. Among these were chair of the Middle East History Department and chair of the Faculty Organization. In addition, he was a member of Israel's Council for Higher Education from 1991-1996.
Gilbar obtained his B.A. from the Hebrew University and then earned his Ph.D. at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies. His research activity has earned him visiting researcher/professor status at a number of universities and institutes abroad, including Harvard, Lehigh, and the Rand Institute. Similarly he has been a research associate at the Hebrew University's Institute for Advanced Studies and a senior researcher at Tel-Aviv University's Moshe Dayan Center. The new Rector's studies have focused on the economic history and demography of Iran, Egypt, and Palestinian society in the 19th and 20th centuries. His works have been translated into Persian, Arabic, Chinese, and German. A second edition of his Hebrew-language The Economics of the Middle East in the Modern Period was published last year. Two of his books, Population Dilemmas in the Middle East and The Middle East Oil Decade and Beyond, were issued this year, and still another work, On Trade and Merchants, is forthcoming.
Gilbar is on the editorial boards of scholarly publications and scientific advisory councils of research institutes in Israel and abroad. He is married and has two sons and a daughter.

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