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4 April 2012

Monash Technion partnership
Professor Ed Byrne, Meir Itzchaki and Dr Alan Finkel AM

A research collaboration with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, launched recently, is helping to expand Monash University's global footprint even further.

Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission to Australia, Meir Itzchaki, joined Monash Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel AM, Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne, senior Monash academic staff and members of Melbourne’s Jewish community at the Caulfield campus to mark the opening of Technion’s new seminar room in Israel.

The seminar room hosts high definition (HD) interactive video via which Monash and Technion staff can interact. And that's exactly what they did at the launch. On the other end of the video link, in Israel, was Andrea Faulkner, Australian ambassador to Israel and Professor Aharon Ben-Tal, Dean of Technion’s Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management.

The University's HD seminar room has been in operation since 2011 and the facilities will play a vital role in the two universities' collaboration.

MC for the launch, Professor David Abramson, Director of the Monash eEducation Centre, said HD closed the gap between video and face-to-face interactions.

“It allows presenters to behave much more naturally than before. It's the closest I have been to being there in person for a long time," Professor Abramson said.

“Seminars by Technion and Monash experts will be transmitted between the universities on a range of topics, with the goal of fostering closer research ties.”