Rhodes lead to Ox­ford for two Is­raeli schol­ars

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

THE RHODES schol­ar­ship — an in­ter­na­tional post­grad­u­ate award to study at Ox­ford — has been ex­tended to Is­rael for the first time in its 113-year history.

To celebrate the an­nounce­ment, Lord Men­del­sohn hosted a re­cep­tion of cur­rent Rhodes schol­ars at the House of Lords which was also at­tended by Lord Po­lak, Lord Wasser­man and Bob Rae, the former leader of Canada’s Lib­eral Party.

Com­puter sci­en­tist Na­dav Li­dor and an­thro­pol­o­gist Maayan Roich­man, both from Tel Aviv, be­came Is­rael’s first-ever Rhodes schol­ars in 2016, and will start at Ox­ford in Oc­to­ber.

Lord Men­del­sohn said: “The in­tro­duc­tion of Is­rael into the Rhodes pro­gramme is a fan­tas­tic ac­knowl­edge­ment of the sig­nif­i­cance of Is­rael in the global univer­sity world and its con­tri­bu­tion to science and tech­nol­ogy.

“We hope for a rapid ex­pan­sion in the num­bers of Is­raeli stu­dents who can par­tic­i­pate.”

The schol­ar­ship, named for min­ing mag­nate Ce­cil Rhodes, ini­tially took stu­dents from the Com­mon­wealth and the United States, but has ex­tended to in­clude the UAE and other Mid­dle East coun­tries.

Mr Li­dor told the JC that he saw the schol­ar­ship as “an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity to both gain a world-class ed­u­ca­tion — in my case, delv­ing deeper in into the field of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence — as well as join­ing a unique com­mu­nity of schol­ars with a pas­sion to make a pos­i­tive im­pact on the world.” Na­dav Li­dor and Maayan Roich­man


Lord Men­del­sohn (cen­tre) with the Rhodes schol­ars at Par­lia­ment

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