A&M To Establish Marine Research Institute in Israel After Peace Campus Talks Break Down

A&M TO ESTABLISH MARINE RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN ISRAEL AFTER PEACE CAMPUS TALKS BREAK DOWN Meanwhile, in Haifa: Details regarding a proposed Texas A&M institute in Israel were announced this week, with major edits to location, scale, and scope from earlier plans to place a campus in the country. In late 2013, A&M System Chancellor John Sharp announced a $200 million “peace campus” proposed for the city of Nazareth, intended as a multicultural university in the region’s notoriously tense ethnic landscape. But Sharp told the AP this week that the plans have been rethought due to concerns that local officials would exert control over the direction of the campus — instead, a $6 million marine observatory will open in collaboration with the University of Haifa, 20 miles west of Nazareth on the Mediterranean coast. A&M’s believes its Gulf of Mexico expertise will compliment the research at the new institute, which will also contribute to offshore oil and gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean. [Texas Tribune, AP]

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