Guangdong Technion will initially consist of two colleges, each with several degree programs:
College of Engineering degree programs:
Materials Science and Engineering
Biotechnology and Food Engineering
College of Science degree programs (to be opened soon):
Each college will be led by a Dean and will be academically responsible for managing the programs and courses in its jurisdiction. For at least the first five years there will be no attempt to divide the faculty within colleges into separate disciplinary departments. In today’s world of science and engineering the disciplinary distinctions are far less relevant to research and innovation, which are the main activities of faculty beyond education.
It is our philosophy to have research and innovation focused on broad multi-disciplinary hubs (such as environment, energy, health) as indicated above, while of course allowing each individual researcher to develop their own research program in an independent fashion. The classical departmental boundaries are therefore less applicable, and we hope that by not creating these artificial barriers from the outset, a much more productive and collaborative research environment will evolve.
The Dean is responsible for the academic management of the college as well as its administrative management. Given that, and in order to maintain Technion’s academic standards, academic appointments, promotions and tenure at Guangdong Technion , for example, will require a procedure that includes review and approval by the relevant Technion Senate committees. A similar procedure will be required in order to change degree programs. This approach is part of Technion’s commitment to its patrons, and implies that Guangdong Technion , as an institute, will be treated academically as an “academic unit” of the Technion and therefore subject to the academic oversight of the Technion’s Senate and its academic committees.