JERUSALEM (Jul. 1)
The National Research and Development Council today announced the establishment of a new Industrial Research Center to be based at the Technion-Israeli institute of Technology at Haifa, which will cost 14,000,000 Israeli pounds ($4,666,666). The United Nations, according to the announcement, has contributed 5,000,000 pounds ($1,666,666) toward the project.
In its announcement, the Council voiced sharp criticism of the state of Government sponsored scientific research. According to the Council, the opportunities for scientists in Government-sponsored research here are inferior to those existing in academic institutions.
A survey conducted by the Council, it was also noted, has shown that only 13 percent of the Israelis in the college age brackets have matriculated for higher studies, as against much higher percentages in countries like the United States, Yugoslavia and Norway. The survey pointed out that, whereas 60 per cent of the Jewish youth in the United States, in these age brackets, enroll in colleges, the Israeli ratio is only 13.5 percent.