Is the current mode of university education enough to sustain a nation's scientific, economic and social growth over time? There’s no doubt that universities need to rethink their methods and evolve, and they should begin in two main areas: facilitating "deal flow," which actively feeds the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and generating "idea flow," the source of all global progress. In his talk, Prof. Klafter will discuss what universities in Israel, China and elsewhere can do to inspire big, life-changing ideas across the spectrum of societal needs.
Professor Joseph Klafter was named President of Tel Aviv University in 2009, the eighth since TAU’s founding in 1956. Widely recognized in his field, chemical physics, he served as the chairman of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the main institution supporting scientific research in Israel, from 2002 to 2009.
Professor Klafter has published close to 400 scientific articles, edited 18 books and is the co-author of First Steps in Random Walks: From Tools to Applications (Oxford University Press, 2011). In 2011, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected him an honorary member, and he is also a fellow of the American Physical Society. Professor Klafter has won many prestigious prizes in his field, including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Prize, the Weizmann Prize for Sciences, the Rothschild Prize in Chemistry, and the Israel Chemical Society Prize. In January 2017, he was appointed as Head of the Association of University Presidents, Israel.
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