Professor Aaron Ciechanover, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2004
Vice Chancellor, Guangdong Technion
I am very happy to lead the Technion effort to build the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT or Guangdong Technion) in China’s Guangdong Province. I intend to do everything in my power to make Guangdong Technion a state-of-the-art and world-renowned leading university, and infuse it with the highest standards of academic life, research, and teaching.
While the main thrust of the Institute at its outset will be environmental sciences and engineering, in due course I see it branching into two closely interconnected areas. I believe that in the 21st century our efforts will focus on the three following fields. The first field is the environment, and how to correct the mistakes of the 20th century, in which humanity turned a clean environment into a dirty one – spoiling our natural resources, burning up fossil fuels and creating holes in the ozone layer.
The second field is energy. We need to look for greener, cleaner sources of energy to counter the high rate of consumption of fossil fuels, that were accumulated underneath the earth for millions and millions of years.
The third interconnected field is human health. As a physician, scientist, and researcher, I am occupied with human health issues, and especially environmental effects on human health, including cancer, which is greatly affected by environmental factors like UV radiation, contamination, and air pollution. As we embark in Shantou on programs in engineering focusing on environmental issues, I look forward to expanding, in the near future, to specific programs and research on energy resources and human health.
Israel and China both represent ancient civilizations, with tremendous traditions of teaching and education. We are looking forward to a joint collaboration in which we both learn from each other and together advance science for the benefit of humanity.
I invite you to join us as we embark on this wonderful journey.