In a first-time visit to Israel, Professor Christina Mitchell, Dean of Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS), was introduced to her academic and research peers at universities and medical institutions in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa in September 2019.
The trip was made possible by AUSiMED’s Israel Short-stays Program with the support of a grant from the Besen Family Foundation. The trip was organised by AUSiMED with assistance from the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce in Israel.
After returning to Australia, Professor Mitchell said, “I was struck by the dynamic, and active medical research sector and the high quality of the universities. The close links that the universities have with industry and the focus on innovation was very impressive.”
Professor Mitchell was accompanied by Monash University Professor Ross Coppel, Faculty of MNHS Deputy Dean and Director of Research. They were introduced to senior medical academics, bio-medical scientists and technology transfer experts at Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Rambam Medical Center and the Technion Technology Institute. As a result of this trip, Monash University is now working on new ways to promote research and teaching collaborations with Israeli universities.