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Sweet receives honorary doctorate from Israeli university

Staff Report
1:03 pm PDT July 8, 2014

Malibu resident and philanthropist Albert Sweet was awarded an honorary doctorate at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on June 16.

Sweet was awarded the honorary degree “for his vision, creativity and decades-long commitment to Israel and the Technion,” according to a press release.

During the awards ceremony, Technion President Peretz Lavie said Sweet’s “achievements as a philanthropist, businessman and civic leader are as inspiring as they are numerous.”

Sweet is a Technion Guardian, a designation reserved for those who support the university at the highest level. Among his many projects, he established the Albert Sweet Experimental Testing Laboratory in the David and Janet Polak Center for Cancer Research and Vascular Biology, and the ATS Southern California Chapter Project for the Stephen and Nancy Grand Water Research Institute. 

Sweet also created the Albert Sweet Scholarship Fund, which provides financial resources for hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students and gives them the opportunity to receive an education at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Sweet has a longstanding relationship with Nobel Laureate Distinguished Professor Aaron Ciechanover, supporting first his research initiative, “Targeting Multiple Myeloma: From Basic Research to Drug Development,” and most recently “The Albert Sweet Program for Targeting Cancer by Modulating Protein Dynamics.” 

The second initiative, which is funded by Sweet and Craig Darian – co-owner and CEO of Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Inc. – was dedicated during the 2014 Board of Governors Meeting at Technion University between June 13 and June 18.

Sweet is an active member of the American Technion Society (ATS) Southern California Chapter Board of Directors and received a Technion Honorary Fellowship in 2011. 

A recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award, he has also supported civic, political and charitable endeavors including Hadassah Medical Center, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, KCET Public Television and TAGLIT-Birthright trips. 

He is co-chairman and founder of Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, and was recently honored as a “Hero of Hollywood” by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Also receiving an Honorary Doctorate with Sweet was prominent lawyer, author and former Harvard Law School professor, Alan Dershowitz.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology strives to be a source of innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and a key to Israel’s reputation as the world’s “Start-Up Nation.” 

Its three Nobel Prize winners exemplify academic excellence. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. 

The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute is a vital component of Cornell NYC Tech, and a model for graduate applied science education that is expected to transform New York City’s economy.