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Study: U.S.-Israeli Academic Collaboration Has Grown 45% Despite Campus Boycott Efforts

The rate of academic collaboration between American and Israeli professors has dramatically increased in the last ten years despite organized efforts on college campuses to boycott Israeli academics a new study (.pdf) has shown.

In 2006, there were 3,439 articles in academic journals whose authors included one researcher from an institution in each country, while in 2015 that number soared to 4,979—an increase of nearly 45 percent.

The main disciplines in which the collaborations took place were medicine, physics, biochemistry, and genetics, according to the study, which was carried out by the Israel on Campus Coalition and the Technion’s Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research.

Many of the collaborations involved faculty at prestigious universities. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology led the way with 1,835 such collaborations over the time period studied (more than 1,000 with Tel Aviv University alone). Also near the top of the list were the University of California-Berkeley, Columbia, Harvard, and Stanford.

Many schools showed a dramatic increase in joint research with Israeli academics—the University of Washington, Iowa State, MIT, and Boston University increased their joint research rate by more than 300 percent, and the University of Texas at Austin reached 442 percent.

Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research / Israel on Campus Coalition

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