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Visit from TAU President Prof Ariel Porat

June 2022

“Visit from TAU President Prof Ariel Porat a huge success”

Professor Ariel Porat, recently visited Australia with Amos Elad, Vice President for Resource Development at Tel Aviv University.
The visit was a real morale booster for The Australian Friends of Tel Aviv University and highlighted just how important TAU regards the work that we do.

Prof Porat was accompanied by Clive Donner, AFTAU Federal President, Jenny Hillman, AFTAU NSW President and David Solomon, AFTAU Federal CEO on their visit to Melbourne. They utilised the opportunity to catch up with both existing and potentially new supporters and also met with several next-generation members of supporter families.

Rosie Potaznik AFTAU (Vic) President

“There was so much goodwill created by President, Professor Ariel Porat and Vice President Amos Elad’s visit.
Perhaps the most meaningful moment for me was attending the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce lunch to welcome Prof Porat and introduce him to University CEO’s and Chancellors.
I had the pleasure to meet Melbourne University Vice-Chancellor, the Chief Executive, Professor Duncan Maskell who gave me the green light to collaborate with Melbourne University Law school. This visit also inspired committee members to become more active in making a difference to the success and future of AFTAU.”

Roger Mendelson AFTAU (Vic) Deputy President

“The visit was a major motivator for myself and the Friends. We can see just how leading edge TAU is and what a wonderful institution it is. It is an honour for us to help it in its endeavours. If we want to help Israel and combat anti-Semitism around the world, supporting TAU is a great way to do it.”

Dr Harry Perelberg AFTAU(Vic) Vice President

“First impressions of President Ariel Porat are that TAU is is in expert hands with him at the helm. He is highly intelligent, approachable and a gifted communicator steering Israel’s largest university in the right direction.He is a world renowned Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Law.”

Marshall Segan AFTAU(Vic) Treasurer

“The recent visit by Professor Ariel Porat, President of Tel Aviv University with Amos Elad Vice President for Resource Development was personally for me an exciting and motivating time. If the top people at TAU wish to invest this much time in Australia ,clearly we have great potential to expand our work and ensure that TAU remains one of the top world Universities”.

Cocktail party in honour of Prof Ariel Porat

At a cocktail party held in Dov and Rosie Potaznik’s home, Prof Porat spoke about how the Periphery Scholarship Fund has boosted accessibility to higher education among Israelis from disadvantaged backgrounds and outlying communities.

The Periphery Program recruits high school students based on their achievements relative to their classmates, rather than on standardised admissions tests that pitch them against privileged peers from the country’s wealthier central region. It provides financial, academic, emotional and social support alongside career and employment guidance.A third year PPE Honours student at TAU’s Faculty of Humanities and a participant of the Periphery Program shared her experiences on a live stream from Israel, which was a highlight!

Collaborations – AFTAU at Monash University

TAU’s emphasis is on building relationships with Australian institutions. To this end, a wonderful event was held at Monash University Law Faculty Moot Court in honour of the late Emeritus Professor Louis Waller AO.

The Fireside Chat in support of the clinical law programs at Monash University and Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University featured lecturers and students from both universities sharing ideas on how they can improve their programs to help disadvantaged people who need legal support.
At a time when university students in Australia are passing motions supporting BDS and demonising Israel, this was a great opportunity to build trust and respect.


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