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In-depth tour for British Friends’ seventh Living Legacy Mission

Participants in the seventh Living Legacy Mission of the Hebrew University’s British Friends spent an action-packed week in early November visiting all four of the University’s campuses as well as enjoying visits to museums and sites of historical interest in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Highlights of the mission included meetings with Israeli and overseas students at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment and at the Faculty of Medicine. These included a large number of students from developing countries who are studying for graduate degrees in plant sciences, nutrition, animal sciences, and public health at the Hebrew University thanks to fellowships they receive from the British-based Pears Foundation.


British Friends seventh Legacy Mission participants at the Wall of Honor dedication ceremony on Mount Scopus with (second row, fourth from right) Vice-President for External Relations Carmi Gillon and (second row, second from left) British Friends CEO Nigel Salomon.
(photo: Bruno Charbit)

In reflection of the remarkable — and longstanding — British contribution to the development of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since its opening in 1925, mission participants visited a number of associated projects.

At the Rehovot agricultural campus, these included the library building endowed by the Kennedy-Leigh Foundation which recently underwent a comprehensive renovation supported by the Ginges family of Australia, and the Phytotron in memory of Sir Michael Sobell, a compartmentalized greenhouse — one of the few in the world — which was built with the support of the Sobell Foundation. 

At the Edmond J. Safra Campus, mission participants heard about the latest developments at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) and its new building which is being designed by renowned British architects Foster + Partners, led by Lord Foster; they also toured the state-of-the-art facilities at the Harvey M. Krueger Family Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, which has been generously supported by the Wolfson Family Foundation. 

The week drew to a close with a moving ceremony on Mount Scopus, where inscriptions on the British Legacy Wall of Honor were dedicated. Vice-President for External Relations Carmi Gillon delivered the keynote address.

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