Students at Tel Aviv University 370.
(photo credit: Danielle Ziri)
Over 200 students and faculty members from China studied at Tel Aviv University
in 2012, according to a report released by the university as Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu headed to Shanghai and Beijing on Sunday.
it had been strengthening its ties with the leading universities in the country.
In the past year, the university has forged broad collaborations with Tsinghua
University in Beijing.
“For some time now, China has no longer been the
future,” TAU President Prof. Yosef Klafter said in a
statement. “China is the present.”
“There is accelerated
development of the Chinese university system, and the research institutes in
particular, and we see that the research programs with which we are
collaborating are headed by faculty members who have received their training at
top universities in the United States and Europe,” he continued.
added in light of TAU’s strategic decision to strengthen its international
presence in East Asia, China is “obviously a preferred target.”
looking for the best institutions and there is no doubt that Tsinghua is among
the very finest of them,” he said.
Two delegations from Tsinghua
University are currently taking part in a twoweek visit to TAU as part of a
wider collaboration in the fields of nanotechnology, life sciences and business
The trip includes seminars, lectures, tours of
laboratories and meeting with Israeli colleagues.
According to Klafter,
the cooperation comprises of joint research, and exchange visits by researchers
and students, which will take place this summer.
The delegations came
after a group of 45 people headed by the Dean of of the Faculty of Management at
Tsinghua was in Israel last month. Last year, Klafter and Vice President of TAU
Prof. Raanan Rein had also traveled to China for the purpose of academic
Representatives from Hong Kong University for Science and
Technology are also expected to arrive to TAU later this year. In addition, the
Israeli university announced it is also holding a joint workshop with
researchers from Renmin University in Beijing in the fields of social sciences