Israeli students to mark scholarships

THE Rhodes Trust has announced two new Scholarships for Israel for the first time in its 113-year history.

And it will be celebrated with an event in Jerusalem in April 2.

The Rhodes Trust is the pre-eminent international scholarship programme, established at Oxford in 1903. It awards scholarships to creative young leaders with a commitment to serving others.

Nadav Lidor and Maayan Roichman have been awarded the 2017 scholarships.

A spokesman said: "In the century since the establishment of the Rhodes Scholarships, the Trust has convened a community of extraordinary people who share a history of enriching their communities, pioneering in their chosen fields, and applying the knowledge and experience acquired as scholars to the betterment of society.

"The new Israel scholarships are part of a wider geographic expansion."

Trust chief executive Charles Conn said: "Our aspiration is to identify and support innovative, energetic and ethical young leaders in Israel.

"We see the value of additional cultural diversity in our cohorts of scholars every day and they learn from each other in profound ways.

"The new Rhodes Scholars from Israel will contribute significantly through sharing their skills, experiences and energy with their peers at Oxford and we look forward to welcoming them to Rhodes House in October. "

Mr Lidor previously studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's honours programme in humanities and graduated from the United World College of Costa Rica.

He has conducted research in Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence and subconscious social behaviour.

He said: "I am passionate about expanding the reach of technology and AI to tackle social challenges of major public concern."

Ms Roichman intends to pursue a PhD in anthropology.

She said: "As part of my work as an anthropologist, I enjoy meeting new people, teaching ethnographic research methods and collaborating with artists, clinicians and educators."

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