The developments in biological science and the use of new technologies have blurred the classic division of the subject into sub-fields. As a result, a broad and inclusive approach to solving fundamental problems in life sciences is needed today, requiring interdisciplinary knowledge and the use of a range of technologies.
Graduate students must therefore have interdisciplinary training that is not focused on the specific field of their research.
The changes that have taken place necessitate a reorganization, building, improvement and enhancement of graduate and postgraduate study programs in the Faculty of Life Sciences. The new programs must include both a high standard of studies examining the scientific and technological innovations in each of the existing fields of the Faculty, and new interdisciplinary teaching and research frameworks.
As part of this reform, in the 1996/7 academic year a Graduate School was established in the Faculty of Life Sciences, aimed at building an infrastructure of interdisciplinary teaching at an advanced level, and developing new interdisciplinary tracks for master’s degree and doctoral studies, encompassing new fields in the study of life sciences.
We hope that the Graduate School will help establish a new generation of scientists to meet the challenges of the 21st century in the life sciences.