Afeka College signed a cooperation agreement last week with the Technical University of Liberec in the Czech Republic. The parties were invited to hold the signing ceremony at a meeting of Israel’s Minister of Science, MK Ofir Akunis, with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic during his visit to Israel.
The cooperation between the two academic institutions will include joint applied research, information exchange and student exchange in the fields of mechanical engineering, software engineering and intelligent systems. The signing of the agreement officially reinforces the joint work between the two institutions that began in recent months under the auspices of the Czech embassy in Israel.
The agreement will provide Afeka College, as well as industry in Israel with which we cooperate, an additional channel to leverage Israel’s entrepreneurship and technological innovation [Esz1] with Czech industry and academia. The Technical University of Liberec is considered a leader in science and engineering fields and is located in Bohemia which is an industrial area with companies from the local car industry, among them Škoda which is a Czech automobile manufacturer and part of the Volkswagen Group.
“International cooperation between academic institutions enhances the qualifying process of future engineers, while at the same time benefiting Israeli industry”, says Alon Barnea, the College Vice President of Development and CEO of Afeka Applications Ltd. “International cooperative efforts with counterpart academic institutions offer an opportunity to promote applied research relations between faculty and local industry. Moreover, these cooperations enrich the study experience of engineering students who early in their professional life benefit from the opportunity to work on joint projects with foreign students, a common practice in today’s global industry”.
From right to left: Alon Barnea, Vice President for Development, Afeka Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering and CEO of Afeka Yissumim Ltd.; Pavel BĚLOBRÁDEK, Deputy Prime Minister for Science, Research and Innovation of the Czech Republic; and Ofir Okunis, Israeli Minister of Science