United Nations, Israel to Spend $4,000,000 for New Center at Technion

The United Nations Special Fund has made a grant of $1,139,000 toward the establishment of a Center of Applied Research in Israel, it was announced today by B. Sumner Gruzen, president of the American Technion Society. He reported that, in addition to the United Nations Special Fund grant, the Government of Israel is also making available the sum of $2,666,666 in Israel funds during the next five years, for the construction and equipment of the Center.

The United Nations grant, Mr. Gruzen said, will be used primarily for the purchase of laboratory and testing equipment, recruiting of foreign experts, and the specialized training of Israelis who will devote themselves to applied research. The 580 members of the Technion’s faculty will work in close liaison with the new Center, although the Center will be an independent body directed by a committee made up of Israel Government, United Nations, Technion and Israel industry representatives.

The Center’s initial fields of concentration will be in chemistry, polymers (plastics), food processing and fibres, Mr. Gruzen said.

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