An Australian first at the Technion

July 7, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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Mark Sonnenschein,a Year 10 student at Sydney’s Moriah College, has become the first Australian student to be accepted into the internationally selective, prestigious Technion SciTech Program. “We are extremely pleased that Mark has been selected. SciTech is open to students from years 11 and 12 and we had to make a special case for the Technion to take him a year early.”

Mark Sonnenschein

Mark Sonnenschein

Technion Australia (NSW) president, Dr Ruth Ratner said. “It is a testament to his academic record and maturity that they made an exception in his case.” Scitech is a (northern hemisphere) summer program which takes place annually in July-August at the Technion and enables senior high school students from around the world to work and study in laboratories with Technion students and professors.

The high standards normally set for admission to the Technion are applied to SciTech with the result that it is highly competitive.

Mark said he is looking forward to working in a Technion lab on an exciting project as well as seeing friends and relatives in Israel. He is hoping to be placed in aerospace engineering which is a research area that encompasses everything from unmanned aerial vehicles to missile defence systems. The Technion is known as an international centre of scientific and engineering excellence and I am excited at the prospect of meeting students from around the world,” said Mark. “We are also pleased that Moriah College has been flexible in allowing Mark to attend the program,” Dr Ratner said.

The difference in hemisphere school years means that year 11 and 12 students generally cannot take off the time to travel to Israel. Students who are interested in the program and may be able to get leave from their school in July-August should contact Technion Australia on 0419 352 803 or

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