CHICAGO (AP) — Tel Aviv University is the first international partner in a research center led by the University of Illinois.

Officials from the Israeli school signed the agreement Friday. The university will help guide development and participate in educational and research programs at the Discovery Partners Institute.

The facility in downtown Chicago will house more than 100 researchers who will conduct work in health care, cybersecurity, food supplies and the environment.

Tel Aviv University joins other academic partners including Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. All rank on Reuters’ list of the world’s 100 most innovative universities.

Joseph Klafter is Tel Aviv University president. He says the school will provide labs and classrooms focused on innovation and entrepreneurship when the institute opens in 2021.

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