AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp have announced plans to create a Texas A&M branch in Israel.

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp have announced plans to create a Texas A&M branch in Israel.


An agreement was signed Wednesday at the Jerusalem residence of Israeli President Shimon Peres.


Perry is a proud Aggie graduate traveling Israel this week with Sharp, who said Tuesday that A&M will open a "peace university" in Nazareth, Israel’s largest Arab city.


Sharp says the university will foster "understanding and education and unity in Israel."


Perry spoke Tuesday at a conference about how both Israel and Texas face the future challenge of finding fresh water.


The campus will feature a combination of Arab, Jewish and international students.


In time, the school will offer undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in a range of academic disciplines.