Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu awarded the Trump Foundation Master Teacher Award to Nikolai Schwartz, a physics and mathematics teacher and the coordinator for the science-engineering program at the Ort High School in Arad.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "We made very important achievements on the international tests in education. I said that we want to be in the top ten in mathematics and science within a decade. In mathematics we advanced much faster than we thought and we are in 7th place. Now I would like to set a goal that in the next four years, we will bring Israeli pupils into the top five. This would place us at the forefront, in a place where we ought to be. We have great possibilities in mathematics, the sciences and language comprehension. These are the toolbox that will later enable us to deal with the other issues that we face in the modern world. Today, we also note the approval of a new university, the eighth in the State of Israel. This is a very important addition. We also recently opened a medical school in Safed, the fifth such institution, after many years. These give us a scientific and academic elite that is necessary to lead the revolution that we are talking about here."