NEW YORK (Feb. 9)
The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York has granted an absolute charter to the Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science, which has been operating under a provisional charter since 1967, accrediting it as an American academic institution, it was announced today by Abraham Feinberg, president of the school. Feinberg is chairman of the Weizmann Institute of Science Board of Governors and of the Board of its American Committee.
The decision of the Board of Regents was taken on Jan. 26. When, in Jan., 1967, the graduate school received a provisional charter–subsequently extended in May, 1970–it was the first such recognition granted to a scientific graduate school in the Middle East by the Board of Regents.
Established in 1958, the Feinberg Graduate School currently has a student body of 547 graduate students–316 students studying for their Ph.D. degrees, and 231 for their Master of Science degrees. Of these students, 80 percent are Israeli and 20 percent come from Europe, Asia and Africa. The graduate school is a principal source of scientific manpower for Israel. A multipurpose school, its principal objectives are to train independent researchers, both in science and in modern science technology.