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WINTER 2004-2005


Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi Named Rector of the University

The Senate of the University elected Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, to serve as Rector of the University, replacing Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, who is now the President.

Ben-Artzi, a native of Haifa (1949), is a graduate of the city’s Reali School (1967) and gained his B.A. in Geography and Middle East History from the University (1975).  He then went to earn a Master’s in Geography (1978) and a doctorate (1984) at the Hebrew University. 

A member of the Dept. of Land of Israel Studies, he began teaching at the University upon receiving his undergraduate degree, specializing in the areas of the history of the Land of Israel in the modern period and the history of the city of Haifa.  He is the author or coauthor of a dozen books and scores of published articles on these subjects.  His most recent book, in Hebrew, Turning the Desert into the Carmel (Magnes Press, 2004), deals with the settlement of the Carmel in the British Mandate period. 

Ben-Artzi served as Chairman of the Dept. of Land of Israel Studies (1994-1998) prior to becoming Dean of the Faculty of Humanities (2000-2004).  He was vice-president of the Israel Geographical Association (1995-1998). Alongside his academic activity, he is active on the public level, being chairman of the urban street-naming committee, a representative of the public on the municipal and national nature and site preservation committees and chairman of commissions of inquiry on borders. He is a Colonel (Res.) in the IDF’s MIA unit (responsible for locating those missing in action).

The new Rector is married and has two daughters and a son.


In This Issue:

President’s Focus
Continuity, Change, and Social Responsibility

Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, a Former Negotiator, Reflects on Israel-Jordan Relations
at a Conference Here Marking a Decade of a Formal Peace
Former Jordanian Minister and Negotiator Heads Delegation from Jordan Here

Unique ‘Open Apartment’ Project Benefits Community and Students

University Obtains Its First Biotech Patent in the U.S.

Researcher Develops Computerized Handwriting Evaluation System

Prof. David Faraggi—Deputy Rector

What If a Tsunami Hit? First Program of Its Kind in Israel Dealing with Mass Disaster

Eskesta Success Continues

Student Builds Internet Site of Never-Recorded Israeli Army Songs

University Campus Gradually Becoming Wireless

Honors and Appointments



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