Major Strategic Policy Research Institute Launched
A signing ceremony for TAU’s new Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges was held at Tel Aviv University in the presence of the Institute’s founder, Russian businessman, public figure and philanthropist Mr. Boris Mints and top TAU officials. These included TAU President Joseph Klafter, Vice President Raanan Rein, Vice President for Resource Development Amos Elad, TAU Director-General Mordechai Kohn, and Institute Head and Chair of the TAU Department of Public Policy Prof. Itai Sened.
The agreement was signed during a two-day program held at the University organized around three themes: energy, food security and social inequality – topics the Institute will focus on during its first year of activity. Issues discussed included the question of how to meet the world’s increasing demand for more energy given the dangers of global warming; how to feed a growing world population without depleting the world of its energy and water supplies; and the economic implications of the shrinking middle class.
The Institute’s aim is to provide effective policy recommendations based on objective and creative thinking and, ultimately, to bring about substantial positive change in the world. To this end, the Institute will bring together passionate researchers from TAU and other leading universities to analyze pressing issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Drawing on the expertise of TAU’s Department of Public Policy, Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences, and a range of other units working on food security, renewable energy, water, economics, labor studies, conflict resolution, and other critical fields, the Institute will deliver strategic policy recommendations to decision-makers worldwide.
“TAU’s Department of Public Policy is particularly well positioned to take the lead on the Boris Mints Institute, due to its commitment to applying its know-how and experience toward solving real-world problems,” said Prof. Klafter. He also noted that TAU is now ranked 9th in the world for producing VC-backed founders of companies in a survey of over 13,000 entrepreneurs worldwide.
The Institute will award substantial scholarships to bright young Israeli PhD students, who will conduct highly applied and solutions-driven research in the field with local populations in countries ranging from India to Senegal to Uganda.
The Institute’s high-profile flagship event will be an Annual International Academic Conference, during which major ground-breaking policy solutions formulated by Institute researchers will be presented. The conference will bring together academics, professionals, government and agency officials, industry representatives and the media from Israel and around the world.