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McCay Joins Florida Governor on Israel Mission

Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay joined Gov. Ron DeSantis on his weeklong mission to Israel May 25-June 1.

McCay was part of a delegation of two dozen representatives from Florida colleges and universities on the weeklong Governor’s Business Development Mission to Israel. Organized in conjunction with Enterprise Florida, Inc., the mission included more than 90 people from government, business and academia. The goal was to strengthen the economic, academic and cultural connections between Florida and Israel.

Those academic connections were strengthened May 29 when Florida Tech entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Israel’s leading university, Tel Aviv University. The two institutions will pursue faculty and student exchanges and cultural and artistic activities, and seek to collaborate on cooperative research and joint academic seminars.

“Florida Tech was pleased to participate in the Governor’s Business Development Mission to Israel,” McCay said. “As a STEM-centered university that’s home to students from more than 120 countries, we understand the importance of international partnership. Our global challenges require unprecedented collaboration if we are to successfully address them, and it is gratifying to see that the state of Florida is taking a leadership role in building those relationships.”

Founded in 1956, just two years before Florida Tech, Tel Aviv University is Israel’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning and research. 

“Gov. DeSantis has set the goal of building a world-class education system in his state, and it is precisely in this area that Tel Aviv University can enhance its presence in Florida and establish closer collaborations with various universities in Florida,” said TAU President Ariel Porat.

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