JERUSALEM (Aug. 1)
Michael Sela, president of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, warned that Israeli science “stands at a crossroad. The current economic crisis must inevitably negatively affect the future of scientific research in this country.”
Speaking at the Institute’s graduation ceremony, Sela noted that all Israeli institutions of higher learning now face drastic budgetary cuts. He quoted Institute Prof. Haim Harari who, as chairman of the Budgetary and Planning Committee of Israel’s Council for Higher Learning, said that “Unless Israel constantly reinforces her academic institutions, by the year 2000 we will find ourselves in a most sorry situation.”
Among the 123 graduates, most of whom are Israelis, are fellow students from throughout North America and Western Europe, as well as from as far away as Taiwan and Ghana.