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Not all news from the Near East is tragic and awful

A new on-line university program is being together students from very diverse backgrounds
Professor Hossam Haick (Photo credit: Courtesy)
Professor Hossam Haick (Photo credit: Courtesy)

Sometimes the news media reports about a spark of light coming out of the darkness to show us what is possible to hope for in the future.

In the 2015/2016 academic year, 14.4% of bachelor’s degree students in Israel will be Arabs, a rise of over 40% compared with 9.8% 16 years ago. In the same period, Arab master’s degree candidates tripled from 3.6% to 10.5%, while Arab Ph.D. candidates doubled from 2.8% to 5.9%.

The number of Technion students who are Arabs doubled from 9% to 19% in the last 12 years.

Last year, Prof. Hossam Haick of the Technion taught the first ever open online course on nanotechnology in Arabic. Haick is an Israeli Arab from Nazareth. Almost 4,800 registrations from Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen, the UAE and the West Bank were accepted.

Haick, 38, whose Ph.D. is from the Technion, where his father also graduated, is a science prodigy. He and the Technion already have a start-up company together, developing a sensory array that detects unique markers in exhaled breath that reveal different cancers in the body.

About the Author
Rabbi Allen S. Maller has published over 250 articles on Jewish values in over a dozen Christian, Jewish, and Muslim magazines and web sites. Rabbi Maller is the author of "Tikunay Nefashot," a spiritually meaningful High Holy Day Machzor, two books of children's short stories, and a popular account of Jewish Mysticism entitled, "God, Sex and Kabbalah." His most recent books are "Judaism and Islam as Synergistic Monotheisms' and "Which Religion Is Right For You?: A 21st Century Kuzari" both available on Amazon.
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