USC Upstate Welcomes World-Class Mathematician and Israeli College President Dr. Zvi Arad

November 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – Zvi Arad, Ph.D., founder and president of Netanya Academic College in Israel and founder of internationally known Gelbart Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, as well as The Emmy Noether Mathematics Institute, both at Bar-Ilan University, was on the University of South Carolina Upstate campus Tuesday to personally invite students to participate in the Maymester 2012 Study Abroad trip to Israel.

Coordinated with USC Upstate’s Center for International Studies, this study opportunity, entitled “The Politics and Culture of Israel,” is designed for students to experience historical, religious and political sites of Israel.

“We are glad to have a chance to offer USC Upstate students this opportunity,” said Dr. Arad. “We will organize lectures led by the best experts in the fields of Middle East and Israeli studies that will hopefully provide for you considerable insight into the region.”

Dr. Abraham Goldberg, USC Upstate assistant professor of political science and faculty advisor for this trip, is not only excited about the potential of this trip, but was impressed that the president of the host college in Israel was on campus to extend the invitation.

“How often do you have a world-class mathematician and president of the host college come to invite you personally to come to his country and college,” said Dr. Goldberg.

The Center for International Studies provides enhanced international experiences for USC Upstate students and faculty members as well as interaction between the University and the international community. Due to the reciprocal agreements with various universities around the world, USC Upstate is able to offer students the opportunity to study or conduct internships abroad. Throughout the year, numerous Study Abroad trips are planned to expose university students to world culture.

“These types of study trips are extremely important to education,” said Dr. Deryle Hope, associate director of the Center for International Studies and international studies coordinator. “They are as much of an opportunity for self-discovery as they are for discovering the world.”

USC Upstate is currently in an exchange program with Netanya Academic College that brought three Israeli students to campus this fall. Guy Yosef, Sergei Sorin and Riham Mouslah have been getting well acquainted with the USC Upstate campus and American customs.

“Every day I meet new people and already I have learned a lot about many different cultures,” said Riham Mouslah, who was at first confused that her fellow students always smiled and said hello to her. “The classes at USC Upstate are challenging but the professors’ care about us a lot. I will never forget my time here.”

For more information about the 2012 trip to Israel, contact Dr. Abe Goldberg at