Israel's Yeruham Municipality and the Center for Educational Technology (CET) are cofounding a tech incubator, MindCET, to serve as a new center for leadership and innovation in educational technology. The center is funded by a NIS 20 million donation from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation, based in Cleveland, Ohio.
It aims to foster specialized cooperation between entrepreneurs, researchers, teachers, and students, in a bid to “inspire a significant paradigm shift in education in Israel and beyond.”
The new center will run several initiatives, including “The Center”, to offer an open work space for entrepreneurs; the “Sandbox”, to present the technologies developed; and “The Flying Classroom”, to host experiments and research trials. The center will also run a research department and a laboratory that will be also be available to students, soldiers, and officers.
“We are grateful to receive this presence,” said Mayor Michael Bitton on Sunday. “The new center will be a home to educators, a home for new ideas and new ways of thought. It will place Yeruham in the heart of the Negev’s development.
Amram Mitzna, formerly the city’s acting mayor and current CEO of the New Yeruham Fund, added: “This project is another step in our efforts to develop excellence in education in Yeruham.”
Morton L. Mandel, who leads the fund which granted the donation, also lauded the occasion: “As part of our long-term relationship with Yeruham and its residents, the Mandel Foundation is happy for the opportunity to help Yeruham found an advanced center for educational technology. This donation is an expression of our will to support Yeruham, the Negev, and Israeli innovation.”
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