Representatives of 11 British universities are visiting Israel this week as part of a nationwide tour of Israeli academic institutions in preparation for Brexit.
The delegation includes senior personnel from the Universities of Exeter, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Warwick, Lancaster, Durham and Queen Mary University, Queen’s College in Belfast, King’s College in London and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
A smaller delegation visited Israel in 2013, when representatives of five UK establishments toured the University of Haifa, IDC Herzliya, Bar Ilan University, Ben-Gurion, Technion, Tel Aviv University, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Israeli dons have said they will welcome their UK peers to discuss research priorities and potential collaboration between British and Israeli scholars.
The trip is evidence of a deepening partnership linking British and Israeli universities, and follows a visit to Israel in May by Minister for Universities, Science, Research & Innovation Sam Gyimah MP.
Israeli students are increasingly applying to study in the UK and this summer Exeter University President Sir Steve Smith said British universities did not support an academic boycott of Israeli institutions.
Earlier this month it was revealed through a Freedom of Information request that the University of Leeds had divested £2.4 million from three defence companies supplying military equipment to Israel.