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Israel approves plan to reverse brain drain


March 15, 2010 | 11:31 am

Israel’s Cabinet approved a national plan to reverse Israel’s scientific brain drain.

The $350 million plan approved Sunday will create 30 centers for academic excellence to attract scientists who have left Israel to conduct research abroad.

“The government views the bringing in from overseas of outstanding Israeli and Jewish scientists and technicians as an important policy tool in raising the level of excellence at institutions of higher learning and in strengthening the supply of skilled workers in the economy,” said a statement issued Sunday by the Prime Minister’s Office.

One-third of the funding will come from government coffers and the rest from academic institutions involved and private donations, Haaretz reported. Five centers will open for the upcoming academic year

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