The new Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) campus is being established as a joint venture of Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Shantou University in the city of Shantou, Guangdong Province, P. R. China. GTIIT is supported by the governments of Guangdong and Shantou and the Li Ka Shing Foundation. The university aims to a world-class research institute that promotes education, research and innovation.
The new institute will eventually grant Technion engineering degrees at all levels – BachelorBSc, MSc, and PhD – and maintain the high academic standards of education, research, and innovation for which Technion’s Haifa campus is world-renowned.
The vision of Technion-Guangdong is to become a world-class international technological university campus carrying out cutting-edge research. This research will boost entrepreneurship and technology transfer and foster a high-tech industrial ecosystem in the city of Shantou and throughout Guangdong Province.
English will be GTIIT’s main language of instruction, and the university will focus on engineering and science programs. Graduates will receive GTIIT and Technion degree certificates. Teaching at Shantou is planned to start in summer 2017.
On December 16, 2015, cornerstone was laid in Shantou city in a ceremony attended by some 5,000 guests from across the world. The ground-breaking ceremony was led by former Israeli President Mr. Shimon Peres. In attendance were Hong Kong business leader and philanthropist Mr. Li Ka-Shing, Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie, GTIIT Chancellor Mr. Li Jiange; GTIIT Vice-Chancellor and Technion Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover; and Israel’s Minister of Science, Technology, and Space Mr. Ofir Akunis.
“The establishment of a Technion campus in China is further proof that Israeli innovation is breaking down geographic borders. I hope that the economic cooperation between these two countries will continue to expand, as both countries have much to share, and learn from one another,” said Mr. Peres.
Professor Ciechanover said: “Science and technology constitute a language of peace that aims at bettering human life. As such, it knows no borders. To fulfill its mission – bettering human life – education for science and technology must be deeply rooted in culture, and adopt a firm ethical code, which has several essential elements: The first is obviously to do good. Knowledge in science and technology is a double-edged sword, and can be used to benefit or harm people. It is up to us to decide how to use this knowledge. The second is cooperation and mutual trust. Today, no sole scientist can solve a major problem. Science and technology have become interdisciplinary, and cooperation between scientists worldwide is necessary. The third factor is humility, appreciating the complexity of nature and how much we still do not know. We shall need cooperation between scientists and nations to solve the big problems.
“We are here today to build such collaboration between two old peoples, the Chinese, and the Jews. We will cooperate in this wonderful institute, the Guandong-Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and will work to solve some of the most critical problems that burden humankind. I wish the new institute the best of luck in carrying out its crucial mission, and I will do all that I can to make it successful.”
“GTIIT campus in Shantou, Guangdong Province, was born of a partnership between two ancient nations, inspired by the ambition for knowledge, wisdom, and innovation. GTIIT will be a temple to education, research, and innovation in an institute that we are now establishing for the benefits of citizens of China, Israel, and the whole world.” Said Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie
According to Mr Li Ka-Shing, “In this day and age, no one has an iota of doubt that technological innovation underpins a country’s ability to create collective wealth, and is the key impetus to individual success. Creativity is the defining centerpiece of our time, driving us into the future.”
Chemical Engineering currently being taught in English at Technion International. Twenty students from China, mostly from Guangdong province, have successfully finished the first year. This cohort started studying in Technion on August 2015 with a 9-week period of preparation and orientation studies of Physics, Mathematics, and English. During preparation period and the first year, the supporting team have closely followed the social and academic integration of this group.
The BSc programs in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and Food Engineering will both recruit for cohorts to study in Technion starting in October 2016.
The GTIIT logo represents the cultural origins of each of the partners, as well as their harmonious collaboration. The Hebrew letter teth (ט) represents Technion, the red flower stands for Shantou, and the phoenix for Shantou University.