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Ben-Gurion University Hosts Houston Mayor

Ben-Gurion University Hosts Houston Mayor

June 16, 2017

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner led a large delegation to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He met with administrators and academics to discuss potential technology collaborations.

The visit was part of the Houston Mayoral Trade Mission to Israel that included city officials, company executives, academics, and members of the Houston Jewish community.

Following the visit to BGU, Mayor Turner said, “We are the most diverse U.S. city, and the world’s energy capital with the world’s largest medical center. The areas we are focused on now are technology and innovation. Our visit to Ben-Gurion University was one of the highlights of our trip to Israel as we seek to establish partnerships and collaborations.”

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (left) with BGU Vice President and Dean for Research and Development Prof. Dan Blumberg

BGU is a driving force in transforming the city of Beer-Sheva into the cyber capital of Israel and a major international hub. Boasting more cyber security engineering students than any other Israeli university, BGU has attracted major businesses and startups such as Deutsche Telekom, Dell-EMC, PayPal, IBM, and others to establish operations and research facilities in the Advanced Technologies Park (ATP). BGU is a founder of and investor in the ATP, which is located adjacent to the University. This endeavor has successfully created more than 2,000 high-tech jobs in just three years since it has been open.

“BGU has much to offer Houston in the realm of medical research, cyber security and data science, as well as alternative energy and water technology,” says Prof. Dan Blumberg, BGU vice president and dean for research and development. “We look forward to pursing future initiatives with the city of Houston, as well as its business and academic communities.”

In addition to Prof. Blumberg, members of the delegation met with BGU’s Prof. Steve Rosen, vice president for external affairs; Prof. Angel Porgador, deputy dean of research and development; and Prof. Eitan Bachmat of the Department of Computer Science.