Uni­ver­si­ties push the en­ve­lope of tech­nol­ogy

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By MASI in Tel Aviv masi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

As Chi­nese in­vestors flock to Is­rael in search of new tech­nolo­gies, top uni­ver­si­ties there are forg­ing co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments with their Chi­nese coun­ter­parts and firms forR&Das well as tech­nol­ogy trans­fer ser­vices.

For in­stance, Haifa Univer­sity, known for its science re­search, is work­ing on a joint re­search lab­o­ra­tory with East Chi­naNor­malUniver­sity. The lab, funded by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment, will fo­cus on big data, neu­ral bi­ol­ogy and other med­i­cal ar­eas.

Amos Shapira, pres­i­dent of Haifa univer­sity, said the pro­posed re­search cen­ter would help bring more Is­raeli tech­nolo­gies to China and push the en­ve­lope of tech­nol­ogy by part­ner­ing with lead­ing Chi­nese sci­en­tists.

The move came shortly af­ter a sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive in April be­tween Ben Gu­rion Univer­sity, a force in com­puter science ed­u­ca­tion, and Jilin Univer­sity in north­east­ern China.

Ts­inghua Univer­sity in China and Tel Aviv Univer­sity launched a $300-mil­lion re­search cen­ter way back in 2014, pri­or­i­tiz­ing part­ner­ship in nan­otech­nol­ogy, par­tic­u­larly with med­i­cal and op­tics ap­pli­ca­tions.

“The close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries’ uni­ver­si­ties is partly spurred Shen Meng, by Chi­nese gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and in­vestors. They re­al­ize that set­ting up joint re­search cen­ters in China is a more ef­fi­cient way to tap into Is­rael’s tech­nol­ogy than sim­ply in­vest­ing in Is­rael,” said Shen Meng, direc­tor of Chan­son & Co, a bou­tique in­vest­ment bank in China.

Top Is­raeli uni­ver­si­ties are also in­ter­ested in deeper ties be­cause they want to achieve wider ap­pli­ca­tions of their tech­nolo­gies in a big mar­ket and ac­cess more funds for their re­search.

A con­fer­ence to this ef­fect was held on Tues­day in Hangzhou, cap­i­tal of Zhe­jiang province and home to sev­eral thou­sand small and mid-sized pri­vate en­ter­prises. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of four Is­raeli uni­ver­si­ties in­clud­ing Haifa andTelA­viv par­tic­i­pated in the con­fer­ence.

Up for grabs were more than 1,000 tech­nolo­gies in search of part­ners. Ar­eas cov­ered were med­i­cal science, agri­cul­ture, new ma­te­rial, com­puter science and other tech niches.

Zong Qinghou, founder of China’s largest bev­er­age com­pa­nyHangzhouWa­haha Group, who helped or­ga­nize the con­fer­ence, said Is­raeli uni­ver­si­ties’ pi­o­neer­ing re­search has yielded cut­tingedge tech­nolo­gies that Chi­nese en­trepreneurs could har­ness.

Wa­haha is al­ready co­op­er­at­ing with Is­raeli uni­ver­si­ties in sen­sors, bio­engi­neer­ing, and me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing re­search.

Ben­jamin Sof­fer, CEO of T3, the tech­nol­ogy trans­fer unit of premier Is­raeli univer­sity Tech­nion, said it reg­u­larly files ap­pli­ca­tions in China to patent tech­nolo­gies in­vented by Tech­nion’s pro­fes­sors. This is to pre­pare for pos­si­ble ap­pli­ca­tions in the world’s se­cond largest econ­omy. In the past, Tech­nion would file for patents only in Western coun­tries.

Last year, it launched a tech­nol­ogy in­sti­tute in­China by part­ner­ing with Shan­tou Univer­sity in south­ern China. The in­sti­tute will train its stu­dents in wa­ter pro­tec­tion, biotech­nol­ogy and other sec­tors. It has re­ceived $130 mil­lion in fi­nan­cial back­ing from Hong Kong-based ty­coon Li Ka-shing.

The close co­op­er­a­tion ... is partly spurred by Chi­nese gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and in­vestors. ” Co. direc­tor of Chan­son&

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