The Institute recently signed a cooperative agreement with the China Youth University, at the occasion of an international conference on youth, supported by the Marshall Weinberg Fund for Professional Collaboration and Development.
In the past year, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute has greatly expanded its work in international cooperation and exchange. A prime example of this work is the participation in the World Health Organization ongoing survey of the health and well-being of children and youth, including over 30 countries, in cooperation with Dr. Yossi Harel of Bar Ilan University.
The Health Behavior in School-aged Children's (HBSC) survey is a critical factor in obtaining a comparative perspective and developing policies for youth in developed countries. In June, the biannual meeting, with leading experts from over twenty Western countries, was held in Israel as part of a national conference on the health and well-being of children and youth. This important conference was supported by the Marshall Weinberg Fund for Professional Collaboration and Development at the Institute.
In order to further expand the reach of the comparative survey, in cooperation with Dr. Yossi Harel of Bar Ilan University, a partnership was established with the Al-Kuds University, representing the Palestinian Authority and with the China Youth University for Political Sciences of Beijing, both invited to the conference.
Prior to the opening on the conference, the Institute hosted the Chinese delegation, headed by the President of the University, for a fascinating exchange. The delegates described their university and activities and the progress in their efforts to implement the comparative international youth survey. On June 13th, the Institute signed a cooperative agreement for multi-year cooperation among Bar Ilan University, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute and the China Youth University.
Prof. Zhou, Deputy Director of the Institute for Health Promotion at China Youth University, will stay on in Israel for three months to write comparative papers on China and Israel with Bar Ilan and the Institute, and she will be receiving an appointment as the Marshall Weinberg Visiting Scholar.