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Argov Fellows Program Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

DEC 24,2015

The Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy at IDC Herzliya celebrated its 10th anniversary. The Argov Fellows Program seeks to prepare around 20 exceptional IDC students in their final year of academic studies for future leadership positions in Israel and in the Jewish world. The event included a festive reception which was followed with greetings by Prof. Uriel Reichman, President and Founder of IDC Herzliya; Mr. Gideon Argov, founder of the Argov Fellows Program; Dr. Alisa Rubin-Peled, founding academic director of the Argov Fellows Program. The event was also attended by 140 alumni, students and friends.

In his introductory remarks, Prof. Reichman spoke of the visionary leadership that contributed to the creation of the State of Israel and the role played by the late Ambassador Shlomo Argov, the namesake of the Argov Fellows Program: “Ben Gurion spoke of how the Jewish State was a rebellion against the destiny of the Jewish people. He saw all the troubles and the pogroms the Jews went through and believed that now this would be replaced by independence and acceptance by the nations of the world. But from the very beginning it was clear that this mission was not that simple. The struggle for the legitimacy and the existence of Israel required very tough diplomatic action. One of the great combatants for Israel in the international arena was Shlomo Argov.”

Prof. Reichman continued to praise Ambassador Argov: “Shlomo Argov was a member of the Palmach, he fought in the War of Independence, and he was struck down, guarding his position as Ambassador of Israel to Britain. He is a real hero and fighter who defended the State of Israel.”

Describing the Argov Fellows Program and its achievements at its 10 year anniversary, Reichman said: “After 10 years of this program, we have over 200 graduates who speak 27 different languages. We are very proud of our graduates, who serve Israel in key positions in the United Nations, in the Prime Minister’s Office, in the IDF’s Spokespersons office, and who go on to earn graduates degrees in different subjects. What typifies all the graduates is their love of Israel and their readiness to serve Israel and the Jewish cause.”

Mr. Gideon Argov, Ambassador Argov’s son and founder of the Argov Fellows Program, thanked the IDC and Prof. Uriel Reichman for creating the academic environment that allowed the program to flourish. He continued to describe the achievements of the State of Israel and the strength of its economy compared to where it was 10 years ago, but also reminded the audience to consider remaining challenges. Going on to describe the role of the Argov Program’s graduates in the future, Argov said: “Each of you has an opportunity to make a difference.. As you go through your professional lives, look at the challenges in front of you, pick one, be passionate about it and seek to be part of the solutions that helps to reverse some of these trends.”

Dr. Alisa Rubin-Peled, the founding academic director of the Argov Fellows Program, listed the Program’s achievements: “Today, with the program well in its 10th year, this dream has been fulfilled beyond all of our expectations with respect to our graduates:

  • Argov alumni hold prominent positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors around the world.
  • Especially well represented in the Israeli public sector: military, Knesset, municipalities, government ministries
  • Global citizens: Currently 57 of our graduates reside overseas: 27 in the US (with 13 in NY), 21 in Europe (with 5 in London), 5 in Africa, 2 in South America and 1 in Canada
  • Still developing their skills: 95 currently pursuing or have already completed graduate degrees (including 6 Ph.D. candidates)
    • Top universities in the world: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Georgetown, Columbia, Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, Sorbonne
    • 3 Fulbright scholars

To give you an idea of what some of our graduates are doing today:

  • Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Absorption and Jerusalem
  • Parliamentary assistants to MKs in Israel and an aide to a US congressman
  • Deputy Chief of Mission, Istanbul
  • Head of External Affairs and Operations, Israel Project (Public diplomacy organization)
  • CEOs of start-ups in a wide range of fields
  • Burundi Country Director, Tevel B’Tzedek (humanitarian aid organization)”

Dr. Rubin-Peled concluded her remarks, saying: “I want to conclude by saying thank you to the past and present Argov Fellows. I salute you for the amazing individuals that you are, the important work that you are doing and the hope that you give all of us for our future. This evening is for you.”

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