The University of Haifa
and East China Normal University (ECNU) unveiled a joint campus in Shanghai this week, marking the Israeli institution’s second academic venture into China.
The 4,500-square-meter Joint Translational Science and Technology Research Institute, located at Shanghai’s Zizhu International Education Park, will focus on biomedicine, neuroscience and environmental sciences.
“This is a remarkable moment of combining forces between the great Chinese nation and the Start-Up Nation of Israel,” said Education Minister Naftali Bennett. “And I think this is a winning formula. I congratulate our Chinese partners and the University of Haifa, led by Professor Ron Robin, for the tremendous achievement.”
The new campus includes advanced laboratories, computer classrooms, offices, seminar rooms and personal work spaces.
“This is a happy day, not only for the University of Haifa, but for Israeli academia and research across the board,” said Prof. Ron Robin, president of the University of Haifa. “International academic cooperation between two leading universities will contribute to the economy, image, research and development between our countries. We believe that our cooperation with ECNU will lead to groundbreaking studies in applied science, biostatistics, brain research, behavioral research and more.”
ECNU, a public research university, was established in 1951 and is home to 32,000 students. It has strategic partnerships with prestigious universities worldwide, including France’s École Normale Supérieure, and the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University of the United States.
The launch of the new campus represents the University of Haifa’s second partnership with Chinese academia, after last year announcing a partnership with the Hangzhou Wahaha Group and Institute of Automation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences to establish three joint artificial intelligence technology centers in Haifa, Hangzhou and Beijing.
Zong Qinghou, the CEO of Hangzhou Wahaha Group, will invest at least $10 million over five years into the project.