Expansion of the existing cooperation in science and research, more opportunities for student exchanges, and mutual sharing of experience will result from the visit of Rector Martin Procházka and other representatives of UP management to Israel.
Israel is a very interesting partner for Czech universities, as its universities and science institutes are leaders in many areas of science and research. “The aim of our visit was to establish closer cooperation with local universities with the prospect of progressive deepening. Israel is a very advanced country, especially in technology, while we have an abundance of top experts, so we can support cooperation between our successful scientific teams and centres. We are in contact with several Israeli universities where we are discussing the possibilities of cooperation, deepening partnerships in science and within the Erasmus programmes, and expanding the practical opportunities both for our students and Olomouc teachers directly in Israel,” said Rector Procházka.
He added that the Israeli side is interested in expanding the existing cooperation with UP. An example is the study of medicine in Olomouc. “I believe, among other things, that the European accreditation our Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has recently received will enable us to increase the number of Israeli students in Olomouc,” added Procházka. The visit of UP representatives resulted in signing the Memorandum of Cooperation and Understanding between Palacký University Olomouc and Bar-Ilan University, which is one of the largest in the country.
Representatives of the Czech Institute of Research and Advanced Technologies (CATRIN) of Palacký University also agreed to collaborate with researchers in Israel. They signed the Memorandum of Cooperation with the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials (BINA). “BINA is a leading Israeli research institute in nanotechnology and one of the world leaders in many fields. We highly value our collaboration, which has already produced a tangible result in the form of the preparation of a joint project, and I am glad that we have formally confirmed our bond with this Memorandum,” said Pavel Banáš, Director of CATRIN.
The aim of the agreement is to strengthen ties between the two parties, facilitate exchange of scientific and technical knowledge, and strengthen the scientific and technical development of both institutions in materials science and nanotechnology. The Memorandum is concluded for a period of five years and may be extended thereafter. “Research is always a long journey, and we are happy to welcome CATRIN on board. In our joint endeavour, we can explore and bring forth new scientific knowledge in areas vital to humanity and thus contribute to improving the society we live in,” said BINA Director Dror Fixler.