The beginning of a beautiful partnership
TAU President Prof. Ariel Porat's welcome adress to the 4,000 TAU alumni who attended our event 'As Far As Possible - honoring boundaries breaking alumni'.
Dear Tel Aviv University Alumni,
What a special experience to communicate with you, only a few weeks after assuming the role of President of Tel Aviv University. I myself am an alum of this university, as are my wife and two of my three children (My youngest son has not yet graduated, but if he studies hard, will graduate in about a year and a half). My grandson, however, will take more than twenty years to join us… because he is now only two and a half.
Tel Aviv University has three major assets: Our faculty, our students and our Alumni.
You, our Alumni, are our great source of pride: In Israel, you serve as ministers in the government, as members of Knesset, and as judges in all the courts. In the Supreme Court, for example, seven out of fifteen justices are TAU Alumni. One additional justice will assure our majority there!
Many of you are leaders in culture and arts, senior executives in the economy, faculty members in various academic institutions, inventors and entrepreneurs, social activists, and prominent businessmen and businesswomen.
Each and every one of you is a partner to the success of the University and, as our Alumni, you have the ability to make an impact on society, nationwide and worldwide.
One of my strategic goals as President of the University is to significantly strengthen the international dimension of the University. Part of this involves expanding relations with our Alumni worldwide – and they are legion! I am sure many of you have already benefited from the TAU Alumni network, which extends not only from "Dan to Eilat,” but also from Beijing to Los Angeles. Building up the international aspect of the University will also strengthen our reputation globally and, indirectly, the prestige value of the degree or degrees you have received from the University after completing your studies.
I see you as true partners in a relationship that enriches us mutually as well as society at large. I would welcome your ideas on how to strengthen and consolidate this partnership.
I send you very warm regards,
Tel Aviv University President