CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
November 28, 2010
Dani Machlis for Ben-Gurion U. of the Negev
By Matthew Kalman
Rivka Carmi's new role, as the first woman to chair the Committee of University Presidents in Israel, has brought her tough challenges along with acclaim. Israeli faculty members are, on average, among the oldest in the developed world. The ratio of faculty to students is dismal. And now pro-Palestinian activists are calling for an academic boycott of Israel that she says threatens to destroy the last remnants of co-operation between Israelis and Palestinians.
Add to that a problem she has encountered throughout her own life: that universities are not sufficiently accommodating to the needs of women.
In her new job representing the country's higher-education institutions to the public and the government, Dr. Carmi, 62, who is also president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, must recommend resolutions to those issues and more.
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