Prof. Faisal Azaiza was unanimously elected deputy chairman of the Council for Higher Education’s budget committee on Sunday. The head of the University of Haifa’s school of social work, Azaiza has been a member of the education council for 10 years and its budget panel for four years, and was its first Arab appointee.
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“Prof. Azaiza is an example of the integration of a member of a minority in a key position in Israeli society thanks to his skills and many years of experience,” said Education Minister Shay Piron, also chairman of the education council. “I am certain that in his current position he will continue to contribute to and advance the higher education system.”
Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, the chairman of the budget subcommittee, added that Azaiza had been a key partner in the advancement of higher education in recent years, both as a member of the council and of the subcommittee. “In his wide-ranging work, he combines devotion to academic excellence with sensitivity and commitment to all sectors of Israeli society,” Trajtenberg added.
Azaiza, 56, now in his second term at the helm of Haifa’s School of Social Work, was a founder and director of Sikui, an NGO that works for equal opportunities for Jews and Arabs in Israel. He also served as chairman of the Daburiyya Regional Council in the Lower Galilee, among numerous other public positions.
“I feel great pride that I have been given the opportunity to take part in molding the education system in the State of Israel,” Azaiza said, adding that he intended to work in the two realms in which he has always been active: “Excellence in higher education and for scholars to win international awards and status, and accessibility to higher education for groups and communities that have not reached their full potential.”