Letter from Our CEO

November 2021


Dear Friends,

Just over a year ago, the historic Abraham Accords were signed by Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. This week, a delegation including the Emirati Minister of Education visited Tel Aviv University for meetings with TAU President Professor Ariel Porat and Professor Milette Shamir, TAU's Vice President of International Academic Affairs, to strengthen their multidisciplinary academic collaborations and to promote innovation. The historic visit is a source of pride and an important statement about TAU's significance on the academic world stage.

Each month I endeavor to share with you the discoveries and work of researchers and achievements from across the University to showcase the many contributions from the TAU community. Recently, Major General (Retired) Professor Isaac Ben-Israel, Head of the ICRC – Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, received the IEEE Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership contributions to homeland security, cyber security, and resilience. Professor Ben-Israel serves as the Chairman of the Israel Space Agency and was the head of the project to formulate Israel's national cyber program.

The leading academic publisher Elsevier has published its Stanford ranking, which announces the top researchers worldwide in their fields. Tel Aviv University ranked first among Israeli universities with 394 researchers included on the list, including an impressive thirteen TAU researchers who are ranked among the top 50 in their field.

TAU has been ranked fifth in the world in entrepreneurship by Startup Genome, a world-leading innovation policy advisory and research firm, making it the only non-US university in the top 10, after Stanford, MIT, UC Berkeley, and Harvard. This prestigious ranking reflects the involvement of alumni of the world's leading universities in entrepreneurship, and in the establishment of scale-up companies (companies that have advanced beyond the startup stage and whose worth is estimated at $50m or more).

On the heels of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Tel Aviv University announced a model for carbon neutrality. The strategic plan is a first for Israeli universities, and it will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus, further demonstrating the University's commitment to combatting climate change. This is a part of TAU's broader, continuing commitment to the study of our changing environment, exemplified by the Center for Global Climate Change at the Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, a leader in studying and researching environmental issues.

There is so much happening on campus that it is often hard to choose what to share. If there is anything you would like to learn more about, please feel free to email me so I can share the latest news and research.

Wishing you a Shabbat shalom.

Jennifer Gross
Chief Executive Officer