Rhode Island signs agreement with Israeli university

In a photo distributed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, Governor Gina Raimondo and university President Daniel Chamovitz sign a memorandum of understanding in Beer-Sheva Israel on November 19, 2019 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she has signed a cooperation agreement with an Israeli research university.

The Providence Journal reports that the Democrat signed the agreement with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev during a six-day trip to Israel last week.

According to the governor’s office, the agreement encourages the state and the Israeli university to create business startups and internships, as well as partnerships with Rhode Island colleges and universities.

Ben-Gurion University’s Advance Technologies Park will partner with a state-grant-funded business accelerator called RI Hub, which is run by IBM, Brown University and Mass Challenge.

During the trip to Israel, Raimondo and state Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor also met with multiple companies including Dell EMC and IBM about opening offices or otherwise investing in Rhode Island.