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University of Haifa to Confer Honorary Doctorate on German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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The honor is bestowed “in recognition of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s contributions in leadership grounded in the principles of equality, freedom and human rights; for being an exemplary model to women around the world; in appreciation of her warm friendship and robust ties between The Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa “in recognition of her leadership grounded in principles of equality, freedom and human rights; for serving as a model to women around the world; in appreciation of her warm friendship and robust ties between The Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel.” The award ceremony will take place during her two-day visit to Israel on October 3-4th.

The University of Haifa campus

“Throughout her life, Dr. Merkel has demonstrated exemplary standards of excellence, wisdom and humanity. It is a great privilege to confer upon her an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Haifa, and I am enormously proud and excited by the occasion,” noted Prof. Ron Robin, President of the University of Haifa.

According to the University of Haifa’s leadership, Chancellor Merkel’s groundbreaking leadership has earned her recognition by inspiring policy-makers and leaders of the Free World. Merkel is a courageous trailblazer who has broken through walls and glass ceilings, creating a more egalitarian society based on human dignity and equality – values embodied by the University of Haifa. Her public service to the German people as a Member of Parliament, a member of the Government and Chancellor has spanned more than two decades.

She has stood firmly against racism and anti-Semitism and has worked tirelessly to forge connections between Jews and gentiles in Germany and throughout Europe. Chancellor Merkel has invested boundless efforts and resources to strengthen the scientific collaborations between Israel and Germany, as evidenced by the close research ties between the University of Haifa and numerous research institutes in Germany. This distinguished award also recognizes her unwavering contribution to the strong friendship and profound relations between The Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel.

«It is indeed a great honor to confer this degree on Chancellor Merkel,” said Prof. Ron Robin, President of the University of Haifa.

As part of the award ceremony, scheduled to take place at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on October 4, 2018, Merkel will meet with a diverse group of graduate students from the University of Haifa, including German students studying at the University.

Dr. Merkel’s lifelong career is characterized by a commitment to excellence and ground-breaking work. Born in Hamburg, she earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Leipzig. As a faculty member, she served at the Central Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin until 1990 and published dozens of scientific articles. She was the first woman to be appointed Chancellor of Germany, the first woman elected to head the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the youngest German chancellor since the 1950s and the first to come up through the academic ranks. “It is indeed a great honor to confer this degree on Chancellor Merkel,” said Prof. Ron Robin, President of the University of Haifa.

Dr. Merkel began her political career in 1990, serving for several months as the deputy spokesperson for the first freely elected East German government. With the reunification of Germany, Dr. Merkel was elected to the Bundestag (Federal Parliament of Germany) as the representative of the State of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, where she still serves as the representative of the CDU. Dr. Merkel served as Federal Minister for Women and Youth from 1991-1994, and in 1994 was appointed Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

In 2000, she was elected to head her party, and in 2005 her party won the election and she was appointed Chancellor, a position she has held to this day after winning elections in 2009, 2013 and 2017. Throughout her years in office, Chancellor Merkel ascribed great importance to strengthening ties between Germany and Israel. She has been invited to Israel several times and, in 2008, convened a special meeting of the German government in Israel in honor of Israel’s 60th Independence Day.

Edited by: JV Staff

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