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Whitman Family Center


Whitman Family Center for Coexistence

Tel Aviv University initiative awards scholarships to minority students enrolled in the university's MBA program

Martin J. Whitman, the founder of the New York investment firm Third Avenue Management, is vouching for peace in the Middle East. Through a series of major gifts to Tel Aviv University, Whitman, along with his wife Lois, launched the Whitman Family Center for Coexistence, which awards scholarships to minority students enrolled in the MBA program at TAU's Coller School of Management.

Center scholarships are directed in particular at high-achieving Palestinian, Israeli-Arab, Druze and Ethiopian-born Israeli students. Whitman was inspired to help minority students by childhood experiences in the Bronx and by his service in the Navy.

"This is a visionary project," said Prof. Moshe Zviran, Dean of the Coller School. "Thanks to the Center, we are able to help build the educational and managerial foundation for a liberal and democratic Israel that lives in peace with itself and ultimately with its neighbors."

According to Prof. Zviran, there are two rules underlying the program: No compromise on academic excellence and no politics in the classroom. "The idea," said Prof. Zviran, "is that students learn to work and grow together in scholarship and, then, subsequently, work well collaboratively in business."

TAU's MBA program is widely recognized as the leading such program in Israel and enjoys accolades in global rankings. Whitman scholarship recipients represent the business and political leadership of tomorrow.


Prof. Moshe Zviran, Dean of the Coller School of Management (left), and Martin Whitman.

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