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The University of Haifa and the East China New University (ECNU) of Shanghai inaugurated a joint Israeli – Chinese research center last week in Shanghai. This is the first center of its kind in Shanghai for Israeli and Chinese academia and it will enable researchers from both countries to submit research proposals to Chinese research funds.
There is an estimated 40 billion dollars invested in grants annually by the Chinese government.
"It was very exciting to see the University of Haifa's logo on the signs of the magnificent Chinese campus," said University of Haifa President, Amos Shapira.
Following the inauguration ceremony, the research center hosted its first joint research seminar, attended by 11 neuroscience researchers from the University of Haifa and by local researchers from the field.
The research center will collaborate in a number of fields, including technology of teaching mathematics, computing and data management, and environmental management. A student exchange agreement was also signed between the universities.
"The University of Haifa is proud to be the first university in Israel to open an academic research center in Shanghai," said the University of Haifa Rector Prof. David Faraggi. He went on to say that this step "represents the importance of international collaboration with the world's leading academic institutions, and the high regard that China has for Israeli research and academia."