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Israel-Us Academic Relations

Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC) is a national network of students, faculty members, and professionals in the US, whose goal is to strengthen the pro-Israel movement on campuses across the US. The research department of the ICC addressed SNI and requested a review of the development of academic relations between Israel and the United States over the past decade.

During 2015, the Samuel Neaman Institute submitted a report to the ICC describing trends in the development of academic relations between Israel and the US over the past decade, as reflected in the changes that occurred in the output of the joint studies by American and Israeli researchers. Among the topics examined are quantitative trends in joint research outputs, leading areas of joint research, leading institutions in joint research outputs, and more. Special emphasis is placed on the fields of social sciences and humanities.

During 2016, the Samuel Neaman Institute has completed, at the request of the ICC, an examination of the development of academic relations between Israel and the US at the level of students' study programs abroad, i.e., student exchange programs (Study Abroad), and the mutual recognition of credits. In this part of the research, quantitative data were collected on the number of students who participated in these programs and qualitative research was conducted, in order to describe the trends and changes that occurred on those programs during the last decade.

Toward the end of 2016, the ICC launched a campaign based on the findings of the Neaman Institute regarding the joint research outputs of American and Israeli researchers. The data were presented on US Websites engaged in higher education, particularly the Inside Higher Ed, as well as on sites dealing with US-Israel relations, and in the Jerusalem Post.