Texas A&M to build a campus in Israel
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Texas A&M is set to announce the creation of a branch campus in Israel.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced plans for Texas A&M Peace University in Nazareth Oct. 23 during their trip to Israel, the New York Times reported.
The newspaper said Texas A&M would become the first American university to have a branch campus in Israel.
Financing will come from private donors in Texas and around the world since Texas A&M is prohibited from investing public dollars in international campuses, the newspaper reported.
Students and teachers at the campus in Nazareth, a northern Israeli city of some 81,000 populated mainly by Arab Israelis, will include Arabs and Jews, as well as international students and faculty, the university told the Times.
Sharp involved evangelical pastor John Hagee in the project. Hagee, who has raised millions of dollars for Israel, helped connect university officials with Israeli leaders, the New York Times reported. — jta
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