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University of Maryland, Baltimore, Hebrew University sign MOU to Increase Education, Research

Governor Larry Hogan Joins University Officials for Signing of Agreement

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today joined with University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay A. Perman, MD for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) to extend a successful student exchange program and open up additional opportunities for collaboration. Through the MOU, the universities agree to explore opportunities for joint research or training, exchange scholars for seminars and conferences, and increase the exchange of students and faculty for research, teaching, and study over the next five years.

“Today’s agreement will further strengthen the successful partnership between these world-class universities and help to advance research in Maryland, particularly in the study of military medicine,” said Governor Hogan. “Exchanging students and faculty will bring new perspectives and new opportunities for collaboration to both University of Maryland, Baltimore and Hebrew University of Jerusalem and we are excited they are continuing their important work together.”

An agreement between the two universities was first signed in 2013 when President Perman, on a Middle East trade mission, met with Hebrew University President Menahem Ben-Sasson and pledged to begin student exchange programs and explore further avenues of cooperation. In 2014 and 2015, groups of students from HUJ’s Hadassah Medical School spent two weeks observing clinical care at the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the nation’s first and foremost trauma care center. Several HUJ students who participated in the exchange shared their experiences, which include observing procedures and techniques in initial resuscitation, management of acute injury operations, and orthopedic trauma service, as well as practicing clinical techniques in Shock Trauma’s Simulations Center.

“Since 2013 we have strengthened the already impressive degree of collaboration in research and education between our two universities,” said President Perman. “We are committed to providing even greater opportunities for our students and faculty and to share our expertise in such critically important areas as trauma medicine.”

“The Hebrew University of Jerusalem welcomes the collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, a world leader in the field of trauma and operational medicine,” said President Ben-Sasson. “Due to the challenging security conditions in the Middle East, the state of Israel has a great and ongoing need for excellent military medical officers who can function well in emergency situations. We look forward to many years of cooperative work and hope to expand the areas of collaboration between the two great institutes of education.”

The initial success of the partnership between UMB and HUJ sparked a discussion of potential next steps, including collaborative research and training, faculty exchanges, and joint efforts to advance military medicine. These efforts will be aided by HUJ’s National Institute for Research in Military Medicine, which was established in 2013 in cooperation with the Israel Defense Force and focuses on research, training, and the development of new treatments and technologies relating to force protection and homeland security.

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