Rothberg International School News Brief - New Provost, Vice Provost and Director of Undergraduate Studies Division Appointed

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Rothberg International School News Brief

Major staff changes at the Rothberg International School:
New Provost, Vice Provost and Director of Undergraduate Studies Division Appointed

In recent months, the Rothberg International School has undergone significant personnel changes due to the retirement of Shimon Lipsky, who served as Vice Provost for more than a decade, and the end of the four-year tenure as Provost of Prof. Mimi Ajzenstadt, who is now Dean of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare. In addition, Jonathan (Yoni) Kaplan, former Director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, has been appointed Vice Provost.

Welcome to the new senior staff members who will be directing the School in the coming years:

Professor Malka Rappaport HovavProfessor Malka Rappaport Hovav, the new RIS Provost, completed her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Linguistics and Philosophy. After 15 years at Bar-Ilan University, she joined the Hebrew University faculty, where today she is a professor of Linguistics, holding the Henya Sharef Chair in Humanities. She is a founding member of the Center for Language, Logic and Cognition; the head of the School of Language Sciences at the Faculty of Humanities; and a member of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education, where she holds the chair of the National Steering Committee for the Promotion of Humanities in Israel.

“For many people around the world the Hebrew University means the Rothberg International School,” she explains, “and therefore RIS must represent the best that the Hebrew University has to offer for the international student. As the University invests major efforts to promote internationalization, it is imperative that the ties between academic units in the University and RIS be strengthened.” Prof. Rappaport Hovav believes that “being situated in one of the most inspiring and intellectually challenging cities in the world, the experience of the international student should include close encounters with life in Jerusalem, and an understanding of the complexities of reality here.”

Jonathan KaplanJonathan Kaplan has been associated with the Rothberg International School since 1979, holding a variety of administrative and teaching positions, including Director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies for the last six years. After serving as acting Vice Provost for three months, he officially assumed the position of Vice Provost in October.

When asked about the future direction of RIS, Kaplan says emphatically that the School will continue to offer its students a first-rate academic and social experience. In recent years, the Hebrew University has been striving to expand its global activities, including the presence of international students on campus. “RIS serves as a major vanguard in the promotion of internationalization at the University. A key challenge is to attract more students from North America, Europe and the Far East.“ In addition, he believes that “it is very important for us to maintain close contacts with our institutional partners, in order to provide our colleagues and students with up-to-date information on our programs and current events in Israel.”

Shachar YanaiShachar Yanai, recently appointed Director of the RIS Division of Undergraduate Studies, has a rich background in educational development and administration. Prior to joining the RIS staff, Yanai served as Director of International Relations and Development at the College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan, where he spearheaded their internationalization efforts. Previously, he served as the Educational Director of the Givat Haviva Seminar and headed Face to Face, an educational program dedicated to promoting dialogue between Jewish and Arab youth.

Yanai finds his new position to be challenging and says that his agenda is to increase the number of undergraduate students enrolled at RIS, while continuing to maintain the high quality of the programs offered. “We need to find ways to attract more students,” he explains. “I would like to open the program to new student populations by expanding the fields of study offered, as well as targeting institutions of higher education in countries outside of North America.”The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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