Technion’s campus in China

Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology aims to become a top-level, innovative, research-oriented university, bringing together the Israeli innovative spirit with Chinese strength.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
October 22, 2018 08:52
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THE FIRST group of students to attend the Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

THE FIRST group of students to attend the Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. (photo credit: TECHNION-ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY)

In December 2015, the Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology was inaugurated. GTIIT aims to become a top-level, innovative, research-oriented university, bringing together the Israeli innovative spirit with Chinese strength. It is the result of an historic partnership between the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the Guangdong Provincial Government, the Shantou Municipal Government and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. 

Technion president Prof. Peretz Lavie, who led the historic cooperation, wrote that in recent decades the globalization of academia has become a necessity, and at the heart of the global revolution is the principle of “knowledge is power.” The power of Israel lies in human capital and intellectual property – treasures that will be realized only if we open up to the world.
GTIIT is situated near the Shantou University campus. It presently covers 100,000 square meters and includes 13 buildings, 29 classrooms, 14 teaching laboratories and 55 research laboratories. Six buildings serve as dormitories for students and faculty. By 2036, the student population is expected to grow to approximately 5,000, including some 1,000 graduate students. The institute will grow accordingly to 400,000 square meters.

The institute will eventually grant Technion engineering degrees at all levels – bachelor’s, master’s and PhD, and maintain the high academic standards of education, research and innovation for which Technion’s Haifa campus is world-renowned. Graduates will receive joint Technion and GTIIT degrees.

The new university is headed by GTIIT chancellor Li Jiange, with Technion 2004 Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Prof. Aaron Ciechanover as vice chancellor. Li Jiange remarked, “China offers the Technion a broad platform to realize its academic excellence. We, in turn, must learn from the Technion and Israel as to what innovative thinking is.”

The cooperation between the Technion and Guangdong province has already led to several other agreements, including a memorandum of understanding for scientific cooperation between the State of Israel and the Guangdong province, economic cooperation agreements, and a twin-city agreement between the cities of Haifa and Shantou.

*Text obtained from the Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.


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