So what is the common denominator between the city of Chicago and the city of Be’er-Sheva? Is it Ice Hockey? Well, not exactly. But actually it is not very far. It is water. Water? One city – Be’er-Sheva – has none and the other is located next to one of the biggest sources of sweet water in the world.
And yet, this week the President of the University of Chicago, Professor Bob Zimmer, and the President of Ben-Gurion University in Be’er-Sheva, Professor Rivka Carmi, under the chairmanship of President Shimon Peres and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, signed an agreement on research cooperation in the field of water technologies.
Apparently, water is an expensive commodity even in a city like Chicago. Both universities committed themselves to join hands in looking for ways to improve the quality of water, preventing damage from chemicals, etc. Both universities allocated small sums of money to finance those joint research projects. However, the more private funds that will be made available for this project, the more break-through technologies will be developed. The sky is the limit.
Consul General, Roey Gilad