Pears Scholars, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

It would not be an overstatement to claim that Pears has made a significant impact on public health in Africa and the world at large. With its steadfast support of the International Masters in Public Health programme at Hadassah-Hebrew University for over a decade, the sixty-one IMPH Pears graduates have fought and prevented diseases, designed programmess and strategies for disease prevention and disaster management, and contributed to the education of health professionals in their home countries. Through its support of the unique alumni network, Pears has guaranteed that public health professionals remain mutually connected, maintain contact with their academic
Prof. Ora Paltiel, Director, International MPH Programme
If I had to pick one partnership that is most emblematic of our Foundation’s identity and values it would be this one. It links Jewish values, Israeli expertise and the skills and knowledge of the students themselves to create a truly global cohort of leaders who can create lasting change in their own countries. I am proud and humbled by every Pears scholar I meet and it is a privilege to support them.
Sir Trevor Pears CMG

The Pears Scholars programme enables students from the developing world to develop the skills and experience to combat their countries' most pressing challenges.

Pears Foundation provides full scholarships to enable students from the developing world to study for an International Masters in Public Health; an MSc in Animal, Plant or Nutritional Science, or an MA in Glocal Community Development Studies - all at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a global leader in these fields. The Foundation has also enabled the creation of alumni networks to provide continued support, development and networking opportunities for graduates of the programmes.

The International Masters in Public Health programme promotes excellence in international public health research and practice. It provides students with the tools to examine public health problems in their countries and formulate intervention strategies at both community and national level. Students include physicians, nurses, health professionals and economists and graduates return home to occupy key positions in the healthcare systems of their communities and countries.

The Masters programmes at the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment train students in the latest methods of farming techniques, protecting and rehabilitating the environment and increasing food production.

The Glocal Community Development Studies Programme focuses on sustainable community development. Students receive a theoretical understanding as well as tools and practical experience which serve to transform them into excellent professional development practitioners or academics. 

Pears Scholars and alumni are currently working actively on solutions to key issues in Africa, Asia and across the world such including the management of cholera and polio epidemics.

At the heart of this programme are the principles of skills transfer, academic excellence, creating positive links between Israel and the developing world and empowering the next generation of leaders in health and agriculture.