Rector's Update - February 2019

February 3, 2019

 

Dear Colleagues,

This update deals with news about prizes to faculty members, new nominations and data on our achievements according to the PBC (VATAT) funding model.

1. The Rector's Prize for excellent achievements in research and teaching is awarded to: Amalya Oliver-Lumerman (Sociology, Social Sciences); Saul Burdman (Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Agriculture); Michael Shapira (Computer Sciences); Brouria Bitton-Ashkelony (Comparative Religion, Humanities); Eli Pikarsky (Immunology and Cancer Research, Medicine).

The Milken Prize for excellent teaching is awarded to: Yitzhak Tuchman (Physics, Science); Liran Carmel (Life Sciences, Science); Moshe Shayo (Economics, Social Sciences); Haya Lorberboum-Galski (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medicine).

The ceremony will be held on Monday, March 4, 2019, at 6 pm, in the Truman conference hall.

Congratulations to Eliezer Rabinovici (Physics) for receiving, along with four colleagues,  the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2019 Award for Science Diplomacy. The five scientists made important contributions to the founding and development of the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East laboratory, located in Jordan.

2. New appointments: Mirit Stav-Mevora is the new Academic Secretary, heading the academic administration of the University. Michael Brandeis (Life Sciences, Faculty of Science) was elected as head of the Cornerstones Program for undergraduate students. Nissim Ben-Arie is the head of our Preparatory Program, and Lital Turgeman was nominated as the Administrative Director of the Program.

3. The rank titles "Lecturer" and "Senior Lecturer" (that are associated with the degree “Dr.”) cause some confusion in certain countries, mainly in the U.S. We are required to use these titles in Hebrew, but when publishing abroad, in academic articles and conferences, this rank title may be translated as Assistant Professor.

4. The PBC funding model: As detailed below, the PBC has calculated the public funding of the Israeli universities per faculty members. Our achievements according to this measure is suboptimal.

 

Average funding (in thousands of NIS)

per faculty member

 

Parameter

HU

Technion

TAU

BIU

Haifa

BGU

Weizmann

Ariel

total

Undergrads

327

576

381

285

298

472

-

561

365

Master students

199

194

219

273

288

170

64

45

196

Total teaching

526

770

600

558

586

641

64

606

561

Funds

270

346

225

118

73

123

563

8

212

Publications

201

226

209

214

233

170

177

84

196

Phd students

75

169

76

92

59

89

10

3

84

Transfer of knowledge

52

148

64

44

19

87

79

30

65

Research master

12

14

13

12

14

11

5

3

11

Total research

610

903

587

480

398

480

92

127

569

Total per faculty member

1,135

1,674

1,187

1,038

984

1,121

990

733

1,130

Total faculty (2016)

955

512

1,023

664

556

807

410

334

5,261

Total income

1,083,985

856,409

1,214,392

689,696

546,830

904,689

406,049

244,876

5,946,926

Compare to average

100.4

148.1

105.0

91.8

87.0

99.2

87.6

64.9

100.0

Teaching

501,967

394,165

614,182

371,018

325,548

517,598

26,318

202,429

2,953,225

Research

582,018

462,244

600,210

318,678

221,282

387,091

379,731

42,440

2,993,694

Total

1,083,985

856,409

1,214,392

689,696

546,830

904,689

406,049

244,869

5,946,919

 

 

 

Income per faculty member (thousands of NIS)

Field

Para-meter

HU

Technion

TAU

BIU

Haifa

BGU

Weiz-mann

Ariel

Total

Humanities

הוראה

225

-

324

202

650

263

-

74

308

מחקר

417

-

268

285

302

293

-

336

310

סגל

196

7

240

231

145

130

-

19

969

Education

הוראה

430

502

583

753

428

690

180

-

530

מחקר

256

500

483

320

374

281

260

-

351

סגל

36

11

36

37

52

24

14

-

211

Social Sciences

הוראה

360

112

426

606

525

443

-

380

449

מחקר

329

53

430

342

459

434

-

97

345

סגל

192

19

126

152

137

110

-

108

844

Business

הוראה

438

-

414

2,866

537

632

-

1,077

688

מחקר

211

-

134

645

562

149

-

135

214

סגל

30

-

63

11

13

48

-

13

179

Law

הוראה

336

-

407

910

289

-

-

-

472

מחקר

268

-

305

381

250

-

-

-

300

סגל

37

-

39

30

30

-

-

-

136

Medicine

הוראה

1,059

1,067

1,091

1,289

1,156

831

-

514

1,019

מחקר

844

754

519

329

511

435

-

84

575

סגל

140

39

136

21

68

97

-

28

529

Math and Computer

Sciences

הוראה

517

390

342

573

566

515

54

394

428

מחקר

613

757

797

571

330

373

1,026

125

616

סגל

100

79

94

51

54

63

46

27

514

Physics

הוראה

490

366

430

382

-

373

51

174

291

מחקר

1,170

1,160

1,130

1,130

-

604

697

107

883

סגל

91

55

74

52

-

78

171

24

545

Biology and Agriculture

הוראה

778

361

832

979

219

430

70

329

479

מחקר

948

1,286

1,281

1,087

488

654

1,169

192

999

סגל

132

31

95

48

57

75

180

11

630

Engineering

הוראה

-

1,046

1,066

703

-

1,177

-

1,093

1,075

מחקר

-

971

777

751

-

693

-

129

734

סגל

-

270

121

30

-

181

-

103

705

Average per faculty member teaching

525

770

600

558

586

641

64

606

561

Average per faculty member research

610

903

587

480

398

480

926

127

569

 

As can be noted, we are especially under-achieving in the area of teaching in the non-experimental studies. We should work harder to improve our teaching in all fields in order to make the HU a more attractive place for all students. Thank you for your efforts in this direction.

Please find here the results (in Hebrew) of our annual students’ satisfaction survey. 

 

Best, Barak