Visit of the Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce delegation to the College

The Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce delegation came to learn about the world of entrepreneurship and innovation at the College, get a taste of the connection between neuroscience and computer sciences, and hear about the Social Business Entrepreneurship Center and how today's students are changing our future.

Prof. Eilon Vaadia, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo (MTA), talked about his groundbreaking neuroscience research and discussed how it enables the development of new artificial intelligence tools. This was followed by a talk by Dr. Gideon Dror, dean of the School of Computer Science at MTA, about the close relationship between the School and industry, and how the school leads an academic vision aimed at enabling college students to gain practical knowledge through undergraduate experiential courses, in which students study with senior executives from REDHAT, Amdocs, Check Point and others.

Finally, guests heard about the Social Business Entrepreneurship Center, an incubator for social-business entrepreneurship run in collaboration with Ofer Flynn, a college lecturer and social entrepreneur, who told about the world of social entrepreneurship and the process taking place in a market where companies, organizations, nonprofits and even the high-tech sector increasingly appreciate the need for training employees who think outside the box, in order to create businesses that are not only economic but also beneficial.

The Social Business Entrepreneurship Center represents another stage in the vision of the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo: The arena of social entrepreneurship, according to Ofer, is evolving and producing social action that is based on a clear and stable business model, through the specialization of infrastructure organizations and service providers in the field.

The innovative model is being embedded in the various arenas, offering professionals and nonprofit and business organizations a sustainable arena for social change and economic development.

The members of the Chamber of Commerce delegation came from a variety of fields, including higher education, high-tech, research, entrepreneurs and developers, including the University of Swinburne partners with whom the College operates a collaborative PhD degree program in Computer Science and Psychology.

Program participants:

  • Prof. Bronwyn Fox - Director Future Research Institute

  • Mr. Graham Goldsmith SEEK Chairman and Non-Executive Director

  • Ms. Laura Anderson, Chairman of SVI Global

  • Mr. John Durie, Senior Writer, The Australian

  • Mr. Adam Jacoby, Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship Swinburne Innovation Precinct

  • Mr. Michael Langhammer, Pitcher Partners

  • Mr. Michael Oates, General Manager Portfolio Strategy and Innovation at Australia Post

  • Mr. David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director at Innovative Manufacturing CRC (IMCRC)

  • Mr. David Coltman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Pathways and Vocational Education) at Swinburne Uni

  • Mr. Constantine Frantzeskos, founder and CEO at PENSO

  • Ms. Ros Hore, Director, Industry Research Engagement and Business Development Swinburne Uni

  • Mr. Matthew Lambelle, Chief Executive Officer, Wise Employment

  • Mr. Zachary McLennan, Director, Lunik

  • Ms. Rebecca Marson, Team Leader Smart City Strategy, City of Melbourne

  • Prof. Eilon Vaadia, Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • Prof. Gideon Dror, Dean of Computer Science School

  • Adv Liat Weiss-Shahaf, Vice President for External Relations

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