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Beersheba ‘hias House’ Sold for Use As Nucleus of Negev University

United Hias Service sold its Hias House here today to the Institute of Higher Education in Beersheba, to be used as the nucleus of a new university to serve this Negev area. The keys to the building, which for the past decade was used to house thousands of engineers, scientists and technicians who helped reclaim the Negev, were formally turned over by Murray I. Gurfein, president of United Hias Service, to David Tuviahu, chairman of the Beersheba education group which purchased the structure.

Payment for the building will be made to Hias over a period of 10 years. According to Mr. Gurfein, the sum received will help United Hias to maintain its vital program of aid to migrants throughout the world. Beersheba Mayor Eliahu Navi signed the contract for the purchase of the building. Also present at the ceremony was Marjory Ferguson, cultural attache at the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv.