What do Cleveland and Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city, have in common?

Karen L. Berman, CEO of the American Society of the University of Haifa, which raises visibility and financial support for that Israeli university  highlighted the cities’ common bond during her Feb. 11 visit to Cleveland.

“We are excited to be introducing University of Haifa to the Cleveland community,” said Berman, who addressed business leaders and philanthropists from the Cleveland area at a dinner hosted by Jonathan A. Leebow, Majestic Steel’s executive vice president. “Cleveland has a deep history of support for Israel and a vibrant Jewish community. At the same time, Cleveland has thrived in part because of its large institutions, like universities and hospitals, and understands the role an institution like University of Haifa can play in urban and regional development.”

Berman is referring to University of Haifa’s implementation of a “multiversity” concept, its strategic mechanism for driving progress in its city as well as in the entire region of northern Israel. According to University of Haifa, a multiversity is a multi-campus institution which eases access for students and adds vitality to its environs, while allowing a wide range of ideas and activities to flourish in a diverse community.

Last October, University of Haifa unveiled its new Lorry I. Lokey Downtown Campus, which will ultimately consist of at least four buildings located throughout the Port of Haifa and the city’s downtown area. The campus – funded by a $10 million gift from philanthropist and Business Wire founder Lorry I. Lokey – will house Israel’s first school dedicated to the field of data science.

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