Jewish Times Asia March 2015
Professor Frisch gives lecture Philippine -Israel coalition of advanced in Myanmar agro-tech advances Twenty-six state colleges and universities from the Philippines, represented by presidents and programme coordinators, got together in Bulacan Agricultural State College for the launch of the coalition of advanced agrotechnology.
Professor Hillel Frisch at the MISIS
I sraeli Professor Hillel Frisch from the department of political studies in Bar Ilan University, Israel, made a visit to Myanmar as a part of a co-operation with academies and research institutes in the region. Professor Frisch aimed to shed light on issues concerning the Middle East, the processes taking place in the last few years and its relevance to Myanmar. Professor Frisch is a wellknown scholar who specialises in Middle Eastern studies. He is also a Senior Research Associate at the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies. Frisch was invited by Myan-
mar Institute of Strategic and International Studies (MISIS) to give a lecture. The lecture was attended by the chairman of MISIS, U Nyunt Maunt Shein, members of MISIS, lecturers and students from International Relations department of Yangon University and Dagon University. The talk was followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Professor Frisch was also invited to give a second lecture at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies of Myanmar Development Resource Institute, attended by director U Khin Maung Wynn and by students from the Master courses of Political Management.
It was also a day of festivity with more than 400 students who attended the orientation in January for the agro-studies programme which is the 11-month internship of 540 Filipino students. Yaron Tamir, CEO of Israel’s Agro-studies Program which is the host organisation of the students, attended the selection of students. “In those 11 months, we hope to change your lives. Our purpose is when you go back to the Philippines, you are educated in Israel’s modern agriculture. In Israel, at the moment we have 1,432 students from 19 countries, 543 of them are from the Philippines,” Tamir told the students. “I can guarantee that your
Israeli Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau and Israel’s Agrostudies Program CEO Yaron Tamir (center), and Deputy Chief of Mission Adam Levene (third from left) followed by Agrostudies Program COO Inbal Shoval with presidents of SUCs
life will be changed. You will become modern farmer and exporter,” he added. Tamir noted that the students will be exposed to Israel’s know-how and technology through export-oriented farms where they will learn important aspects such as irrigation, postharvest and international production standards. “This internship programme has already been running for ten years. Now we are talking about next steps, for the universities participating in the programme to move to next level turning the universities to lighthouse of the
communities,” commented Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau. Every year, 500 Filipino agriculture students study in Israel on on-the-job-training, and hundreds of professionals participate in training programs in various courses, mostly on agriculture in Israel. During the meeting, the coalition partners agreed to launch a joint project on sustainable agricultural development with the participation of government bodies, state colleges and universities, and businesses.