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24 May, 2012

Conference marks decade of activity at Federmann School of Public Policy and Government

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The Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will hold a conference today to mark its 10th anniversary. Among the participants are the university's Chairman of the Board of Governors Michael Federmann, the school's head, Prof. Momi Dahan, and many alumni.

The conference will begin with alumni panels, followed by the keynote address of Prof. Bryan D. Jones from the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin on the subject of ''Human Nature and Public Policy: Behavioral Foundations and Policy Studies.'' Prof. Jones explains: ''Without a good understanding of the way the human consciousness works, even the best of policies will fail''.

On the eve of the occasion, Prof. Dahan said: ''Many of the school's alumni hold key positions in the government, both local and national, and in the private and voluntary sectors. The policy papers written at the school are of great interest to the policy deciders. I was very proud to see that many of our graduates were key players in the social justice protests last summer, and the knowledge they gained during their time at the school was vital for the success of those protests, and I believe they were very successful.”

In the decade since its establishment, the school has had a significant impact on decision-making processes in public organizations. The analysis methods taught at the school have been implemented in key places, such as the budget department at the Ministry of Science, at the Ministry of Health and at the Municipality of Jerusalem. Staff members participate in public debates on a regular basis and are invited to present their positions before government ministers, Knesset committees and public committees.

The Federmann School, which was so named after its founding in appreciation of substantial support from the Federmann family, operates three study programs as well as other program conducted in cooperation with elements outside of the school, including the government Civil Service Commission. Some 500 students have graduated from the school and today can be found in all areas of public service in Israel.

The anniversary celebration of the school is taking place today, May 24, at 2 p.m. at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus.

 

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