Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is establishing a new university in Shantou, Guangdong Province, China to be called the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (hereinafter: Guangdong Technion or GTIIT). The university will be founded in partnership with Shantou University and with the support of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the People’s Government of Guangdong Province and Shantou Municipal Government.
On April 2015 Technion and its partners received formal approval from the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China to prepare the new campus and work is well-advanced on designing the Phase I campus (the North Campus) adjacent to Shantou University. Governor Zhu Xiaodan of Guangdong Province hosted a festive meeting in Guangzhou in July 2015, which was attended by Technion President, Prof. Peretz Lavie and other dignitaries including campus designers. At that meeting an expedited plan for establishing GTIIT was launched. Construction started in October 2015 and the 90,000 sqm campus space will be completed in 2016. It will consist of modern facilities, providing the infrastructure required for high-level education and research in engineering and science disciplines. Modern dormitories and an attractive ambience will make the campus a great home for students, as well as for faculty recruited from the leading universities and research centers of the world.
The first degree programs to be offered will be Technion degrees in engineering and start as early as 2017 with programs in Chemical Engineering, material Engineering and Biotechnology and Food Engineering.
Planned as a “research university” from the outset, in parallel with preparing and teaching degree programs under the guidance of Vice-Chancellor and Nobel Laureate Professor Aaron Ciechanover, GTIIT will house research centers focused on key issues of the 21st century: namely cleaning and protecting the environment; the sustainable production of energy; and improving human health. As is expected of a university of this type, a significant part of undergraduate teaching will be conducted by professors who are active researchers. These same researchers will also supervise post-graduate research students, so students at Guangdong Technion will be able to obtain Technion degrees at all levels –Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD.
Affiliated closely with the Technion in Haifa, Guangdong Technion will be able to leverage the strengths of the Technion in engineering and science – not only in research and education, but also in innovation and entrepreneurship. As part of Phase 2 planning (the South Campus), the extended campus will include industrial innovation centers – both for R&D sites for existing companies and also for incubating or accelerating new start-up companies.
Philosophy & Vision
Becoming a leading research university
Right from its outset, Guangdong Technion will be planned as a research-oriented university – with a significant part of the education being provided by active researchers.
It usually takes a long time to transform a young university into a top level research university. In order to speed up this process, Technion’s model will be used as a template, and faculty will be appointed to lead both the research and the teaching efforts of Guangdong Technion.
Our aim is to recruit “research leaders” – world renowned scientists to both lead the areas of research and education of the institute and attract future faculty to Guangdong Technion. By training PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as hosting visiting academics in Technion Haifa, we are preparing much of the future faculty of Guangdong Technion – faculty who will have absorbed Technion’s academic culture.
For close to a century, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has educated close to 80,000 engineers, representing 70% of Israel’s engineers, and essentially was the engine behind Israel’s high tech and start-up revolution. The institute’s strength lies in its graduates who have become leaders of multi-national companies and founders of many of Israel’s technological wonders.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Technion has been acknowledged for creating an ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in Israel in general and in Haifa and its surrounding areas specifically for nearly two decades.
A 2013 MIT survey named Technion-Israel Institute of Technology as being one of the world’s leading universities in creating an ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation (ranked 6th among world universities) and as the world leader in creating such an ecosystem under challenging conditions.
By choosing the Technion to partner with Cornell for the establishment of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute it was the aim of the New York Mayor to develop a start-up ecosystem in the city of New York much like the one that exists in Palo Alto around Stanford University and in Israel near Technion.
We aim to recreate this unique ecosystem also in Shantou and Guangdong Province by offering education in entrepreneurship and innovation, promoting innovative research and research collaboration with industry, creating a technology transfer unit based on the Technion’s T3 model, and through the establishment of a modern industrial park adjacent to the new Guangdong Technion campus.
Guangdong Technion faculty will be encouraged to commercialize their discoveries, and students will be taught to seek new and creative solutions to problems through competitions and other opportunities initiated to test new ideas and encourage the development of prototypes.
Organization and Structure
Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology is a joint venture between Shantou University (“STU”) and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (“Technion”) in accordance with the “People’s Republic of China Regulations for China-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools” (PRC-RCFCRS). It is being established under the invitation and support of the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Shantou Municipal Government.
Guangdong Technion will be established as an “independent university” – a legally independent not-for-profit university – with the Chancellor designated as the “legally authorized representative” who is expected to function in a democratic fashion under the direction of the Board of Directors (“Board”). The Board is the highest authority for deciding on all major issues concerning the university. The Board will be responsible for evaluating performance measures, assessing the institute’s operating efficiency, and supervising the assets and financial oversight of Technion-Guangdong.
Guangdong Technion will initially consist of two colleges – Engineering and Science. Each college will be academically responsible for managing the programs and courses under its authority.
The Dean is ultimately responsible for the academic management of the college as well as its administrative management. All of the degree programs in each of the colleges will have a Program Leader who is responsible for the academic aspects of running the specified program – determining which courses are to be taught and recommending to the Dean the teachers to be assigned. Each college will have a “Teaching Committee” consisting of all Program Leaders and the Dean, plus other professionals as deemed necessary by the Dean. The function of this committee is both to oversee the courses and curricula, as well as monitor the teaching and learning processes – including the handling of academic problems raised by students.