An important milestone in the establishment of GTIIT - Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology - was recorded with the official approval by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The Ministry confirmed that cooperation with Technion is consistent with the strategic goal of the Chinese Government: the establishment of world-class research universities; as well as with the regional strategy of innovation-based development.

 

The Chinese National Program for Medium- and Long-Term Educational Reform and Development is intended, inter alia, to promote the establishment of superior foreign educational resources and to establish several model Chinese-foreign universities in China, based on cooperation with other countries.

 

Approval for GTIIT was given exactly one year after the cornerstone laying ceremony for the new campus: a ceremony which was attended by about 5,000 guests, including the late ninth President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres z”l. At that event, Peres said that “the establishment of a Technion campus in China is one more proof that Israeli innovation is breaking down geographic borders.”

 

The establishment of Guangdong Technion - the first Israeli university in China - is a dramatic and unprecedented event in Israel-China relations. Israel’s Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai said: “The opening of the Technion branch in China is the most important project in Israel-China relations during my term in office. This project, which focuses on education, is an important asset to China and Israel and hence its great importance. We have worked hard to obtain approval and I am pleased that it has been granted.”

 

“This is a courageous and important partnership which represents a historic step in Israel-China relations,” said Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie. “This partnership, which combines the spirit of Israeli innovation with the power of China, will benefit all parties - the Technion and the University of Shantou, Israel and China - and will give a significant boost to the Chinese education system. The outcomes of this historic project will affect the whole of humanity.”

 

“I’m glad we did it,” said the Mayor of Shantou, Liu Xiaotao. “I would like to thank Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie and professors from the Technion for their efforts and dedication. On behalf of the 5.5 million residents of Shantou, I would like to thank you for this important project.”

 

Guangdong Technion, situated near the Shantou University campus, will be a high quality, innovative and research-oriented university. In the future, an innovation center will be built near it, and will serve as a foothold for Israeli companies to crack key markets in the U.S. and China. This project is made possible thanks to the cooperation between China’s Shantou University, Guangdong Provincial Government, Shantou Municipal Government and the Technion. The project leader on behalf of the Technion is Prof. Paul Feigin, Assistant to the President for Strategic Projects.

 

According to the letter of approval from the Government of China, “GTIIT is a beneficial attempt to build a high standard and exemplary Sino-foreign co-running university. Guangdong Government shall offer guidance and take advantages of subjects and research provided by both sides, integrate educational resources, innovate methods of cultivating talents, classifying subjects and courses, and managing schools. It will promote Sino-Israeli educational cooperation and exchange, and contribute to our educational reform. GTIIT shall progressively carry out the master and doctoral programs by learning from Technion’s advanced experience in the way of independent admission according to the Sino-Foreign Cooperative Education Provision and its concrete measures. Masters and PhD degree certificates will be issued by Technion. “GTIIT shall strive for economic growth and social development based on the areas where Technion excels and in accordance with the environmental challenges faced by China.

 

The new university is headed by GTIIT Chancellor Mr. Li Jiange and Vice Chancellor Research Professor Aaron Ciechanover from the Technion. “The Government’s approval of the establishment of GTIIT has brought us much joy and confidence,” said Chancellor Mr. Li Jiange. “As an ancient Chinese saying goes, ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’  Now we have achieved the first step of success, we still have a long way to go. To build GTIIT into a world-class university, we need to recruit the elite faculties, and we are willing to pay them with the most attractive salaries.”

 

“The granting of approval by the Government of China is a moment of great hope for all of us,” said Prof. Ciechanover, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2004. “This is an initiative that will combine the diligence and determination typical of China with the extensive experience of the Technion in training scientists and engineers, and in turning scientific discoveries into developments that are beneficial to mankind.”

 

According to the letter of approval from the Government of China, GTIIT will have 2,960 students in the initial stage (from 2017 to 2026), including 300 postgraduates, and 5,000 in the long term, including 1,000 postgraduates. Guangdong Technion’s first undergraduate programs are Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Food Engineering, and Materials Engineering. Its graduate programs are Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Food Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Its doctoral programs will also be in these disciplines . 

 

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 Guangdong Province, economic cooperation agreements and a twin city agreement between the cities of Haifa and Shantou. The first academic school year at Guangdong Technion is scheduled to begin in October 2017, with 300 students will first complete a preparatory period starting in August.

 

Photo Left to right: Shantou University Provost Prof. Gu Peihua, GTIIT Chancellor Mr. Li Jiange, Shantou Mayor Liu Xiaotao, Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie, Assistant to the President for Strategic Projects Prof. Paul Feigin, and Shantou University Vice President Prof. Lin Danming

 

Credit: Government of the Guangdong Province

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For the past three decades American and Israeli scientists have been engaged in a fruitful collaborative effort and have jointly conducted dozens of challenging research and development programs, aimed at improving the performance of US and Israel's military helicopters and to integrate advanced capabilities in future platforms.

 
 
 
An official ceremony was held at Israel's Ministry of Defense (IMOD) on November 3, 2016, on the occasion of 30 years of fruitful collaboration in the domains of rotorcraft technologies and human factors engineering. The ceremony was headed by US Ambassador to Israel, HE Dan Shapiro, and IMOD Head of DDR&D, Brig. Gen. (res) Dr. Daniel Gold and attended by Director of US ARMDEC, Mr. James B. Lackey, IMOD Head of R&D Technology Base, Dr. Moshe Goldberg, officials and guests.
 
 
 
The rotorcrafts technologies effort is jointly headed by the US Army Aviation & Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (ARMDEC) and the IMOD Directorate of Defense Research & Development (DDR&D). Participating parties include the research and development teams at the IAF, the Technion, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University and Haifa University. 
 
 
 
The United States and Israel have been collaborating on rotorcraft technologies since the 1980's, with over one hundred scientists and engineers from both sides developing breakthrough technologies in the areas of aeronautical mechanics, aerodynamics and human factors engineering (HFE) for helicopters. 
 
 
 
The operation of helicopters is especially challenging due to the technical complexity and operational demands of low-level night flights. Accordingly, advanced HFE solutions are required to enable efficient and safe operation. The research efforts in this domain resulted in improved pilot displays and obstacle avoidance solutions. Additional efforts addressed the challenge of two aircraft jointly lifting heavy loads, beyond the capacity of a single helicopter. Some of the research products have been implemented in US rotorcraft, come of which are also operated by the IAF. Other will be integrated in future platforms or upgrades. 
 
 
 
HE Ambassador Shapiro: “This rotorcraft cooperation has long been considered among the best US-Israel research agreements. It is unique in that it brings together the technical leaders from our two countries to conduct joint research on problems of common interest to our countries.  At the same time the personal connections have enriched understanding of each other’s cultures and history and strengthened the ties between the two countries.”
 
 
 
Dr. Danny Gold: "The defense ties and close collaboration of the US and Israel are deep and long lasting. The Rotorcraft Project Agreement (RPA) collaboration is very special, as it embodies the deep research cooperation between the Parties. In my view, the RPA collaboration sets the gold standard for US-Israeli Defense R&D."
 
 
 
 
 Photo credit: Dana Shraga, Ministry of Defense
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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The program will support joint projects in the nanotechnology sector in Israel, cooperating with similar teams in Germany. The overall budget for the Israeli and German entities stands at €30 million for three years.

 

 

The Israel Innovation Authority is inviting Israeli companies along with academic nano-institutes to submit proposals to receive support for industrial cooperation with parallel German entities in the field of nanotechnology.
 

Head of the Israel Innovation Authority and Chief Scientist Avi Hasson: “The impressive achievements of nanotechnology in research and industry are a source of pride for us globally – these achievements reflect the state’s focus on this sector and the support it grants.”
 

 
Ilan Peled, Manager of Technological Infrastructure Arena in the Innovation Authority: “Our jumping off point, as the most advanced innovation agency in the world and as a senior partner in the effort to advance nanotechnology in Israel, was to make a significant contribution on the academic/research level and on the industrial/trade level, on several levels: creating academic excellence at the forefront of the technology, developing research capabilities and achievements, and combining resources and recruiting funding to establish research infrastructure and to train personnel for this sector.”
 

 
The program will support joint projects in the nanotechnology sector in Israel (business/industrial company + nano research center), cooperating with similar teams (company + research center) in Germany. The overall budget for the Israeli and German entities stands at €30 million for three years.
 
Nanotechnology (‘nanotech’) is seen by many as the tech field of the future. If the last decade focused mainly on research, the next decade will focus on implementation – and like the revolutions in cyber, apps, robotics and many other fields – the countries of the world are competing to build the ecosystem that will draw the leading companies in world to them. We are expecting to see more and more nanotechnology developments quite soon in new products and in existing products, which will change and improve these products immeasurably.
 

 
Israel, which understood the huge potential of this technology over a decade ago, has become one of the world’s leaders in the field of nano research. Over the last decade, the country has focused on creating a robust research foundation that can support a large industry. The Innovation Authority has supported the establishment and development of six academic research institutes among the world’s most advanced, and has invested in equipment and the highest quality personnel. Against this backdrop, according to the Authority’s estimates, about 200 new startups were established over the last decade in the field. Many are deep in the stages of development, with the State of Israel also encouraging the application of nanotechnology to traditional industry – in order to significantly strengthen these fields and keep them rooted in the country.
 

 
Nanotechnology is already taking a significant part of all aspects of life – from the undergarments we wear, the food we eat to medical equipment and medications.
 
Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary field that improves existing technologies in a range of fields – energy, medicine, environment, commerce, electricity, textile and more. Until now, we have manufactured products according to the laws of physics – iron is strong and heavy and glass is transparent and fragile. But the field of nano deals on such small scales that the “old” laws of physics no longer apply. The rules are changing – nanotechnology will, for example, make glass five times stronger than iron, and iron six times lighter than the iron we know today. This is going to be an enormous revolution and will enrich industries around the world by billions of dollars.
 
The possibilities for industrial applications in this field are broad. For example, heavy ceramic body armor, thanks to nanotechnology, can be stronger than steel and six times lighter than the military armor we know today. In addition, the armor will be able to absorb strong blows, a rifle bullet for example, and disperse the energy across the entire surface of the material, which will prevent the bullet from penetrating the armor.
 

 
Another example from the textile industry can already be seen on the shelves of clothing stores in the U.S. but also in Israel. Anti-bacterial clothing, for example – nano-based fabrics with silver particles that kill bacteria absorbed in the cloth –prevent infections, odors, rashes etc. – a development the undergarment industry has been waiting for. We can only imagine what this technology may bring to other products – like diapers, or surgeons’ scrubs. Other examples we can already see on the market include Vulcan car batteries, that last twice as long as they used to thanks to nanotechnology, extra strong glass, like “glass iron,” that is being used in some smart phones, drapes or windows that can grow brighter or darker according to the level of sunlight, food products with an extended shelf-life of  2 or 3 times via the use of plastic and paper packaging with nanotechnology anti oxidation and anti-bacterial materials – something that may save billions of dollars all over the world.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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The Society of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Israel (SEEEI) will hold its annual 17th international convention on November 9 – 11, 2016, in Eilat. This year convention, "Electricity 2016", is titled "Smart World a new era of energy".

 

This is the 17th  annual meeting of SEEEIl, and is considered to be one of the largest and most influential in the fields of electricity and energy in Israel, with the participation of senior decision-makers from the governmental agencies  and  the business sector in Israel; entrepreneurs, experts and opinion leaders from Israel and abroad.

 

Among the major figures who will participate in the  convention:  Government Ministers; Shaul Meridor, Director General of the Ministry of national infrastructures, energy and water resources; Ofer Bloch, CEO IEC; Buki Carmeli, head of the national Cyber Defense Authority; Jeffery Ketz, Chief Executive of energy technologies at IBM USA; Prof. Shmuel Oren, University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Alessandro Clerici, Italy, a senior at WEC (the Italian National Committee of World Energy Council); Dr. Frederick Bauchot, IBM, CTO for Gisc Energy; Dr. Cathy Yao Chen, Research department manager at ABB Research Institute in Sweden; Elisha Yanay, Chairman of the Association of electronics & software industries, former Senior Vice President at Motorola worldwide; Omer Keilaf, CEO and Ce-founder of start-up company Innoviz, which generates a revolution in autonomous vehicles; And many other dignitaries.

 

In 2015 more than 1300 local and overseas visitors attended Electricity 2015. This year we expect similar number of attendees. The main topics that will be discussed include: cyber safety, transport, renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy management in buildings, developing smart grids, smart cities and campuses IOT, light engineering; training engineers and the registration regulations for electrical engineers, trends and innovations, power production, etc.

 

SEEEI's chairman, Emil Kaufmann, forecasts   that "in 20 years, most public transportation in the country will be electrified, electricity production will be distributed and a substantial portion will consist of small power stations operated by gas and renewable energies". 

 

 

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Courtesy: SEEEI. From left to right: Lieutenant Colonel Luca DottarelliMr. Emil Koifman – chairman of SEEEI; Prof. Izzy Borovich – the forum chair and Mr. Elisha Yanay – chair of the Industrials Association of Electronics and Software Industries.   

 

 

 

 

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On Thursday evening, July 20th, the Embassy of Colombia in Tel Aviv celebrated Colombia’s National Day, the anniversary of the signing of the country’s declaration of independence. The event was held at the beautiful home of Colombian Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Mr. Fernando Alzate Donoso, and  wife Mrs.Nancy, in Kfar Shmaryahu.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Wednesday, 19 July 2017), held a series of bilateral meetings with the heads of government of the Visegard Group: Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. (Prime Minister Netanyahu met yesterday with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.)

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​PM Netanyahu: We face common challenges, the first of which is to defeat the forces of terror that rampage through the world and threaten both our countries. We must stand together in this battle, much as we work together to perfect the future.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, this evening (Tuesday, 4 July 2017), at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The EU Delegation in Israel and the Municipality of Tel-Aviv-Yafo presented:  Performance Europa!
Urban celebration of live performances and interactive installations
Tel Aviv’s White Night ,Rothschild 1 Plaza, 29 June 

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 On 11 June 2017, the 5thPhilippine Tourism and Country Fair organized by the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv,Municipality of Haifa and Castra Mall, opened in a festive atmosphere in the northern city of Haifa as the Philippines tries to sustain the rapid tourism growth from Israel.

During the one-day event, simultaneous activities on tourism and cultural promotion and highlights of the 60 years of strong bilateral relations between the Philippines and Israel were featured at the Castra Mall. Around 800 Israelis and Filipinos enjoyed the cultural program that showcased multi-awarded Filipino soprano singer, Ms. Francis Anne “Princess” Virtudazo, and the best talents from the Filipino community in Israel.

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Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

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09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

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Friday was a beautiful late spring day; the gardens were lovely, the weather was fine; the guests were elegantly attired; the refreshments were generous and delicious; all the makings of a happy celebration marking the National Day of Sweden. H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, ambassador of Sweden to the State of Israel, hosted the event at the ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach.

The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.

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A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

Shavuot, the Holiday of Weeks, is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem​ in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices.

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Tel Aviv Eat presents three evenings of tastings and workshops featuring the region’s leading restaurants and most prominent chefs. Entrance is free (including the chefs’ demonstrations), and tasting portions range in price from NIS 20-35. Doors open each evening at 18.00. There are several performance stages, live music, and stands selling beer.

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"Only when we remember the families who were torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that terrible darkness and evil, who had endured the unbearable horror of the Holocaust, only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating." President Donald J. Trump Add a comment

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