Samaria-based Ariel University was represented at the 50th annual Israel Day Parade on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, which was held this Sunday and attracted roughly 35,000 people.
The university's float, which was designed by students in the Industrial Design Lab at the Technology and Design Center, gave examples of the school's academic achievements and innovation.
Ariel University features over 15,000 students, four faculties, two schools and 15 research centers. It is both Israel's youngest and fastest growing university. Those representing the institute at the parade included members of the university and American Friends of Ariel University.
"There is no better investment than in education, and Ariel University offers the highest standards of academic excellence to its students," remarked Prof. Moshe Arens, chairman of the university's International Board of Governors, who was at the event.
"The university is focused on meeting the needs of Israel's society and economy and therefore places great emphasis on the fields of science, engineering and technology, as well as on making higher education available to all in order to bridge social and economic gaps," added Arens.
Concerns were raised about the presence of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) groups participating in the parade, sparking tensions between differing American Jewish organizations over the past several weeks.
The BDS movement in particular has targeted Israeli activity over the 1949 Armistice lines, including Ariel University. Despite the tensions over the pro-BDS groups, the parade was carried off successfully and amid unity in support of Israel.