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SASI Delegation visits Bar Ilan University

Delegates from Bar Ilan University with members of the SASI Committee 

South Africans Studying in Israel (SASI) is a joint initiative between Telfed, the Eric and Sheila Samson Foundation and leading Israeli academic institutions.  At the end of March, Telfed's SASI Committee met with representatives of Bar Ilan University (BIU) to explore options available to Southern African students who wish to study in English at this prestigious university. Vera Muravitz (International Relations and Development Chair at BIU) arranged for meetings with faculty and staff, as well as a tour of the campus. Telfed was represented by Sidney Shapiro (SASI co-founder and former Telfed Director), Dorron Kline (Telfed CEO), Dana Levy Tavor (Head of Telfed's Scholarship Department) and Simone Pikas (Scholarship Administrator).  

The University's Deputy President, Professor Moshe Lewenstein, opened the meeting and shared his objective to encourage more Southern African students to study at BIU. BIU was founded in 1955 and has been at the forefront in the fields of science and humanities.  Since its founding, the university has aspired to make contributions to the sciences and to research in all areas of Jewish culture – with an interest in Torah knowledge, Jewish identity and morality. The BIU delegation comprised Josh Weixelbaum (Director of International Student Recruitment & Academic Marketing), Prof. Moshe Lewenstein (Deputy President), Cindy Sinvani (Coordinator, International MBA), Vera Muravitz (Chairman, International Friends), Prof. Shlomo Romi (Head of the International Office), Shlomit Stern (Administrative Director, The International Office) and Sara Louzon (Head of the Overseas Students Department).

Students from South Africa have the option to study the following degrees in English: Psychology, Criminology and Sociology, Communications and Political Science, as well as English Linguistics, amongst a host of other disciplines available in Hebrew after the completion of a 'Mechina" (Hebrew Preparatory Course). Bar Ilan University representatives emphasized the importance of welcoming SASI students and making them feel at home. 

We look forward to continued collaboration with Bar Ilan University, especially under the SASI umbrella.



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