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Professor Dan Shechtman Returns After Presidential Election Run

Sep 17, 2014

Professor Dan Shechtman, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, returned to SNU after running for president in his home country Israel. He said he ran for president to “reform the education system which is a mess.” He expressed his view that human resources is the most important resource in Israel but many students refuse to study math and physics, opting instead to become lawyers and CEOs. He argued that children need to be taught science from kindergarten in a way that they feel science is easy and fun. For this, he has actually appeared on national television in a program that teaches basic science principles to young children. Professor Shechtman also emphasized entrepreneurship for engineering students, saying that universities should teach students how to start their own businesses.

Summary by LEE Hee Un, SNU English Editor,
Proofread by Melora Brett Briana Johnson,