Dalhousie University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel signed a memorandum of understanding Sunday, Oct. 23, strengthening their commitment to explore opportunities for collaboration on international research. Premier Darrell Dexter, who is leading a seven-day trade and investment mission to Israel with Nova Scotia Business Inc. and business and academic leaders, was on hand with Dalhousie’s vice-president of research, Martha Crago, to support the signing ceremony. “Nova Scotia is the university capital of Canada and well known for its cutting-edge research in life sciences, including neuroscience, marine, biotechnology, biochemistry and biomedical engineering,” said Premier Dexter. “Dalhousie’s memorandum with Hebrew University provides the opportunity to share expertise and best practices in technology transfer and industry engagement.” The collaborative relationship between Dalhousie and Hebrew University will establish joint research opportunities in medical research, oceanography and water and waste management. “We’re essentially setting up research collaboration based on our mutual strengths,” said Ms. Crago. “Israel is a leader in technology commercialization and we’re looking forward to exploring how Dalhousie and Hebrew University can work together on projects that benefit both institutions.” The memorandum of understanding outlines some of the objectives of merging both universities’ resources for academic and research projects. The relationship will also support travel by faculty members and post-doctoral students. While in Israel, the Nova Scotia delegation is focused on establishing relationships and exploring opportunities that will bring similar development and expertise to Nova Scotia. The group has also met with researchers, academics and administrators from Birzeit University in the West Bank, and with officials from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The trade mission continues until Thursday, Oct. 27.