Col­lab­o­ra­tive tech­nol­ogy in­sti­tute wins ap­proval

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By LI WENFANG in Guangzhou li­wen­fang@chi­

Ap­proval has been granted for the Guang­dong Tech­nionIs­rael In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy to be es­tab­lished in Shan­tou, Guang­dong prov­ince.

Formed in part­ner­ship with the Is­rael In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, or Tech­nion, and Shan­tou Uni­ver­sity, the GTIIT aims to fa­cil­i­tate re­search and in­no­va­tion in China, with plans to re­cruit 2,960 stu­dents by 2026 and 5,000 by 2036.

Cour­ses on of­fer when it opens next year will in­clude biotech­nol­ogy and food engi­neer­ing, chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing and ma­te­ri­als engi­neer­ing, per­cent with spa­ces for 300 stu­dents.

“It will be­come a lead­ing school in Guang­dong and in China,” said Peretz Lavie, pres­i­dent of the Is­rael In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

“We are al­ready re­cruit­ing fac­ulty mem­bers from all over the world who will work for both the GTIIT and Tech­nion. Some of them will have lab­o­ra­to­ries in Shan­tou and in Haifa, Is­rael. We will have ex­changes of re­searchers and stu­dents and joint re­search pro­grams.

“Putting to­gether Is­rael’s spirit of in­no­va­tion and ca­pac­ity for think­ing out­side the box and China’s abil­ity to pro­duce every­thing with such ef­fi­ciency and speed. This is a win­win.”

About 60 per­cent of the teach­ing staff will come from Tech­nion and the rest from global re­cruit­ment, said Li Jiange, chan­cel­lor of the GTIIT and chair­man of the Sun Ye­fang Eco­nomic Sci­ence Foun­da­tion.

Aaron Ciechanover, who won the No­bel Prize for chem­istry in 2004, will serve as vice-chan­cel­lor of the GTIIT. Once com­plete, its cam­pus will cover an area of about 42 hectares. Con­struc­tion of the first phase be­gan in Septem­ber last year.

The pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment of Guan­dong said that the GTIIT will be de­voted to cul­ti­vat­ing pro­fes­sional tal­ent with in­ter­na­tional vi­sion, who will be able to par­tic­i­pate in global af­fairs and com­pe­ti­tions.

It is ex­pected that the in­sti­tute will pro­vide tal­ent to sup­port the prov­ince’s in­no­va­tion-driven devel­op­ment strat­egy.

Both the pro­vin­cial and Shan­tou city gov­ern­ments have bud­geted 4 bil­lion yuan ($576 mil­lion) for con­struc­tion of the GTIIT, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment.

The Li Ka Shing Foun­da­tion has also played an ac­tive role in bring­ing about the new in­sti­tute.

In a re­cent visit, Zhu Xiao­dan, gover­nor of Guang­dong, called for the GTIIT to be built into a world-class uni­ver­sity, adding that work would soon be­gin on a Sino-Is­raeli tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion zone in Shan­tou.

The GTIIT is the lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tive uni­ver­sity to gain ap­proval in Guang­dong, af­ter the Shen­zhen MSU-BIT Uni­ver­sity, to be jointly run by Lomonosov Moscow State Uni­ver­sity and the Beijing In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, re­ceived ap­proval in Oc­to­ber.

Of the nine uni­ver­si­ties of this type in China, four are lo­cated in Guang­dong.

the pro­por­tion of GTIIT staff who will come from Is­rael

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