The Florida-Israel Institute (FII) was created in 1988 by the State of Florida legislature. It has been administered jointly by Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and Broward College (BC). Its sole purpose is to promote mandated direct Florida-Israel academic, commerce, education and cultural connections. FII has been facilitating cooperative research and education through sponsorship of student and faculty exchange and organizing symposia in both states. FII promotes unique Israeli technologies in areas that are critical to both states, such as Water Resources, Homeland Security, Biotechnology and Math/Science Education. In promoting cultural connection FII reaches out to the Florida communities promoting the creation of an Israel Studies program in Florida.
I have had the unique honor of co-directing the organization from 2005 till 2008. The activities in which I was involved are documented in the three annual reports (below):
FII Annual Report 2005-2006 (pdf)
FII Annual Report 2006-2007 (pdf)
FII Annual Report 2007-2008 (pdf)
As one of 13 Florida Linkage Institutes FII is authorized to provide up to 25 tuition exemption scholarships a year to academically excellent and community involved Israeli students who study in the public Florida higher education system. For more information visit the FII web page at www.floridaisrael.org