First Arab Woman Dean at an Israeli University Visits Melbourne

October 28, 2019

First Arab Woman Dean at an Israeli University Visits Melbourne

Professor Mona Khoury-Kassabri, Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at the Hebrew University and the first Arab woman ever appointed as a faculty head at any university in Israel recently visited Melbourne.

Prof. Khoury-Kassabri was accompanied on her visit by Michael Dunkel, Federal President of the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University and the organisation’s CEO, Rob Schneider.

While in Melbourne, a most productive meeting was held with Professor Louise Harms Chair and Head, Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne and members of her staff. They were most interested to hear of the many links that the Hebrew University has with universities around the world and expressed interest in the possibility of a direct MOU between the Department of Social Work at the University of Melbourne and the Faculty of Social Work at the Hebrew University.

There is already extensive cooperation between the two universities particularly in the medical arena and earlier in October, Hebrew University Professor Maya Tamir was in Melbourne for a joint workshop with counterparts at the University of Melbourne and to participate in a Research Fellowship dinner generously sponsored by the Pratt Foundation on the theme of research on Emotional Regulation.

In mid November, Professor Ehud Cohen, Director of the Brain Disease Research Centre at the Hebrew University will be visiting Melbourne also for a joint workshop with his research counterpart at the University of Melbourne, Professor Ashley Bush.

Professors Bush and Cohen are collaborating on a major research project on the biological processes of aging that lead to the increased risk for brain diseases in later life, supported by the University of Melbourne and Hebrew University.

The two will participate in a panel discussion at 7:15pm at Beth Weizmann on Thursday 21 November. The moderator of this panel discussion will be Professor Leon Mann AO, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences University of Melbourne and Hon. Life Governor, Hebrew University.

Enquiries for this event 02 9389 2825 email austfhu@austfhu.org.au