Israeli and Chinese academics sign cooperation agreement.
(photo credit: Yossi Alterman)
The College of Management Academic Studies announced on Tuesday it had signed a
collaborative agreement with one of China’s leading universities, the University
of Science and Technology Beijing.
The agreement outlined both short- and
long-term collaborations between the two institutions. In the short term, the
college (COMAS) and the university (USTB) will offer Israeli and Chinese
graduate students, beginning in the next academic year (2014-15), the
opportunity to participate in a workshop in Israel focusing on entrepreneurship
and strategy, including among its activities the development of a business plan
and business ventures, meetings with technology leaders, studying
entrepreneurial thinking, raising capital, and study tours.
the schools will participate in an exchange of lecturers and students, including
a delegation of Israeli students who will study in China and a teaching
delegation from USTB who will visit Israel and lecture on subjects including
Chinese business culture and the Chinese economy.
According to the
agreement, the long-term plan calls for the two institutions to launch a joint
undergraduate program, with the development of a joint graduate program to
“China’s standing as an economic superpower – after developing in
recent years into one of the most influential countries in the global economy
and in the field of global policy – is an acknowledged reality, yet for Israeli
students China is unfamiliar and unknown,” said Prof. Zeev Neumann,
president of COMAS.
“I believe that the College of Management Academic
Studies and the University of Science and Technology Beijing will yield great
benefits from this collaboration. We will benefit greatly from the power and
knowledge of a leading Chinese university, and the added value that the College
of Management Academic Studies will bring to bear is in expanding the know-how
in the field of entrepreneurial education.
Entrepreneurial research in
Israel is highly developed, while in China it is only just beginning,” added
While the agreement signing ceremony took place nearly two weeks
ago, COMAS decided to announce the collaboration only on Tuesday, following a
lengthy two-year process.
The ceremony was attended by the president of
COMAS, and the vice president of USTB, Sun Dongbai, who arrived in Israel to
participate in the ceremony, along with seven faculty members. Also in
attendance were the college’s CEO, Rafi Sarfati, and the deans of the schools of
business administration and computer sciences at COMAS, as well as additional
USTB was founded in 1952 and has since evolved into one
of the most prominent public universities in China, specializing in engineering
studies along with programs in the fields of science, business administration,
economics, computer sciences, law and the humanities.
In 1997, USTB was
chosen by the Chinese government to participate in a unique project that aims to
develop the university and make it one of the top 100 universities in the world.