AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp have announced plans to create a Texas A&M branch in Israel.
The announcement was made Wednesday at the Jerusalem residence of Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Perry is a proud Aggie graduate traveling Israel this week with Sharp, who said Tuesday that A&M will open a “peace university” in Nazareth, Israel’s largest city.
Sharp says the university will foster “understanding and education and unity in Israel.”
Perry spoke Tuesday at a conference about how both Israel and Texas face the future challenge of finding fresh water.
The campus will feature a combination of Arab, Jewish and international students.
In time, the school will offer undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in a range of academic disciplines.
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