Prof. Ron Robin has assumed his position as the President of the University of Haifa, today, October 1st, 2016. "I am proud to begin my tenure as President of the University of Haifa, a place that was my academic home for twenty years. Our mission is to continue to advance the University of Haifa and to foster its position as a leading research institution with a meaningful and important social role", stated Prof. Robin.
Prof. Robin holds a PhD in American History from the University of California at Berkeley (1986). He was a faculty member at the University of Haifa and has held several official positions within the University, the most recent being Dean of Students. He later joined NYU where he served as Vice Provost and was responsible for establishing two NYU international campuses – in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. Prof. Robin is one of the top international experts in shaping future academic policy.
Prof. Robin's goal is to continue to promote the University of Haifa while focusing on international interdisciplinary research in collaboration with leading global research institutions. Prof. Robin's Vision calls for the interdisciplinary research approach that will allow the University to develop varied areas of knowledge under the auspices of joint, innovative and unexpected "umbrellas" that will foster breakthroughs. "My predecessors have done a wonderful job of recruiting excellent faculty members and I intend to devote resources and efforts in making the University a hub of excellence that will draw the best researchers", he stated.
Prof. Robin's previous roles at the University and his many years as a faculty member have provided him with an in-depth knowledge of the diverse University student community, a community that is a mirror image of Israeli society. "The role of the University is to provide its graduates with tools based on academic knowledge and critical thinking that will allow them to occupy leading positions in Israeli society. The composition of our student body is like a crystal ball that reflects an optimal scenario where different interests and lifestyles come together in one place to coexist with great tolerance, and allow for the type of freedom of thinking that is the basis for academic excellence", he stated.