“Consider Israeli Advanced Degree”

first_imgLiberian Student Prince M. Korvah (3rd from right) with fellow students in Tel Aviv, IsraelSays Liberian studying in Israel to colleagues back homePrince M. Korvah, a Liberia student in Israel, is challenging other Liberian students desirous of pursuing advance studies abroad to begin considering the State of Israel.Korvah, a former president of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), an umbrella organization to all youth and student groupings in Liberia, is currently pursuing his International Master’s in Security and Diplomacy at the Tel Aviv University (TAU), the largest academic institution in Israel.In a dispatch from that country, he has vouched for the quality of the educational standards at TAU, an institution which he says comprises nine faculties, 106 departments and 90 research institutes, and is ranked as one of the top institutions of higher learning education the world over, with its International Office directed by Ms. Maureen Meyer.According to Korvah, his academic program brings together a faculty of top scholars and leading practitioners from the Israeli Armed Forces, Security Services and its Foreign Service, now headed by Prof. Dr. Azar Gat; a renowned academician and author.He said out that the program extends far beyond the traditional classroom and is structured to have students engaged with high-ranking diplomats and other decision-makers in the weekly Ambassador Forum, building practical understanding on field visits to the Israeli borders and key security sites.In describing his recent internship as an Intelligence Analyst with MAX Security Incorporated, one of Israel’s leading security companies, Korvah shared his experiences, “this is the best place to study.”It has the special opportunity of getting to live, know and appreciate the valued quest for peace, goodwill of the Great Jewish Nation, all beyond the media perspective, as depicted by a blurred picture, he noted.Prince a former Liberian youth leader has expressed the hope that having more young Liberians study in Israel will provide opportunities of exposure to ”best practices” in the areas of water, agriculture, technology, defense and the hi-tech industries, which are crucial to Liberia’s development.He added, however, that it has its significance for impacting and facilitating a cross generational relationship between the youthful populations of both nations, one which could give a new meaning to the great friendship that has always existed between Liberia and the State of Israel, especially for the trajectory of years ahead.Korvah recalled Liberia has always been a friendly nation to Israel, “depicted by her stand as one of two African nations which voted at the UN in 1947, in favor of the Israeli Independence, the former youth leader noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Facing humanity with technology

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Business traveler Michael Bruso doesn’t usually mind chatting with people on a flight. But after a stressful two-week business trip to Europe was extended by a week, Bruso was in no mood for a gabfest on his trans-Atlantic flight home. So the software consultant from Houston did what more and more Americans are doing to ensure peaceful air travel. He e-mailed his passenger preference to AirTroductions, a Web-based networking site that allows airline passengers to choose their row mates in advance. “I ended up sitting next to someone also looking for someone to shut up and fly,” Bruso said. The planet might be undergoing global warming, but human interaction is entering an ice age. While most Americans crave community, they want it on their own terms. And ironically, technology – blamed for a lot of the isolation felt by many today – is increasingly being used as the icebreaker to bring people together, even if it is on their own terms. A study by University of Arizona and Duke University academics published in the June issue of the American Sociological Review found that fewer people have someone to talk to about important matters. “In 2004, an adult, non-institutionalized American is much more likely to be completely isolated from people with whom he or she could discuss important matters than in 1985,” says the study, titled “Social Interaction in America.” It found that the percentage of people who can count on a confidante in tough times fell from 75 percent in 1985 to 50 percent in 2004. Three possible reasons were given for the shift: Dramatic world events such as 9-11 have overshadowed personal problems; families are more geographically dispersed, have longer commutes and less time to interact; and more people define communication electronically via cell phones and the Internet, not up-close human contact. The Web: Curse and Cure The irony is that the technology acts as both the cause of and the cure for social isolation. “The purpose of all this (online activity) is to meet in reality,” said Tonia T. McDonald, an urban futurist based at the Hubbard College of Administration and head of the L.A. chapter of the World Future Society. She said whether the purpose is business networking, social interaction, or entertainment, the ultimate goal of online communication is often to meet in person. That’s the idea behind MatchActivity.com, a sort of eBay meets eHarmony Web site with offices in mid-Wilshire that connects people for specific activities such as skydiving, hiking or drinking. Members post activities they need partners for and each activity has its own expiration date. Potential partners respond, essentially placing bids in the form of their own personal profile and photos and why they should be picked. Then the poster picks from a selection of bidders based on what they see. “The reason why people find it difficult to meet in Los Angeles is that unlike New York or Chicago or Miami, you don’t really bump into people,” said Andre Lowe, co-founder of MatchActivity.com. “People go from their apartment to their underground parking garage to their office elevator to their cubicle and you’re not interacting. L.A. is structured to isolate people.” Rob Neiman, a twenty-something hedge fund manager living in the Hollywood Hills, said going out to do anything in Los Angeles is “a process,” and sites such as MatchActivity help. “It’s harder to meet someone face to face than it is through the Internet,” said Neiman, who moved south from San Francisco last spring. “You can walk down the street and people won’t say hello to you, but you can get on the Internet and get people to date you.” Image control Electronically, people can craft their words and images carefully, versus the spontaneity inherent in random face-to-face meetings. That sense of control seems to be one of the most appealing aspects of using technology as a social lubricant. In addition, getting acquainted online before meeting offers a layer of protection for people who may be leery, and it also allows for a greater measure of control over how people present themselves, said John Styn of HugNation, one of the more interesting manifestations of physical isolation online. Every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Styn, a video blogger in San Diego, and his grandfather Caleb, a former Baptist minister, broadcast a “World-Wide Virtual Group Hug” from Caleb’s dorm room in a San Diego retirement home. HugNation participants are encouraged to hug a spouse or co-worker, or if there’s no one else around, “squeeze yourself in your car or in the supermarket,” the Web site urges. “Technology has isolated us – people have four TVs in four different rooms in their house,” said Styn. “We try to use technology to cure what it has created. A lot of people use these Internet connections as a steppingstone to real connections.” They aren’t necessarily love connections, either. Social networking is increasingly living up to its original definition, that is, hooking up with like-minded individuals who have a common goal. Let’s make a deal Peter Shankman, the frequent business traveler who launched AirTroductions, had business networking in mind when he came up with the idea for the Web site that lets travelers pick their row mates before they ever board a flight. Members enter their information and personal profiles and flight itineraries. Michael Bruso, the consultant who used the service to find a quiet row mate, has also used AirTroductions to do business. “I use it to make business contacts. I got one deal out of it and a second one is coming.” barbara.correa@dailynews.com (818) 713-3662 last_img read more