NEW YORK (Dec. 7)
President Lyndon B. Johnson and Prime Minister Levi Eshkol of Israel today extended congratulatory messages to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. In a message to the annual dinner of the American Technion Society, held at the Hotel Americana here tonight, President Johnson said:
“It gives me the greatest pleasure to salute Israel’s Technion and the American Technion Society on this important anniversary. Education and technology are important underpinnings of modern society. The founders of the Technion recognized this fact over 40 years ago. Today, the gleaming buildings (of the Technion) on the slopes of Mount Carmel are a clear symbol of Israel’s determination to play a significant role in an age of industrialization and scientific progress. I congratulate the Technion and all those associated with it on its brilliant past and extend my very best wishes for the future.”
Israel’s Prime Minister Eshkol, in a message from Jerusalem to B. Sumner Gruzen, president of the American Technion Society, predicted that “over the coming years we will have to double, if not triple, the size of all our institutions of higher learning.” An announcement at the dinner revealed that the current student enrollment in the Technion has passed the 5,600 mark, compared with the 34 students who were enrolled in its first semester, 40 years ago.