WELCOME MESSAGE

  • Prof Li Jiange

  • Prof Aaron Ciechanover

  • Prof Eliezer Shalev

Good morning! Today, we gather here to celebrate the second opening ceremony of Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT). On behalf of the faculty  and staff, please allow me to extend a warm welcome and sincere congratulations to all the new students of GTIIT. Dear freshmen, as you are just about to start your college life, especially at a Sino-foreign cooperative university as distinctive as GTIIT, I believe your hearts are filled with joy and aspiration at this moment.

 

Your choice to apply to GTIIT and to become a professional in science and technology is wise and forward-looking and is urgently needed for national development and revitalization. GTIIT, a research university that focuses on science and engineering, is the only national cooperative project in the field of education between China and Israel.  GTIIT is  responding to the call of Guangdong Province to establish a "top university" and Shantou intends to invest heavily in the establishment of an advanced  laboratory for chemical manufacturing by relying on GTIIT. GTIIT will  become an important base for education and scientific research in eastern Guangdong, Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area, and South China. It will surely be the "Promised Land" for you to reach your full capacity and realize your dreams. 

 

At GTIIT, you will experience a  new way of learning. We encourage our students to question and think independently, to  evaluate everything with critical thinking. Whether in the classroom or the laboratoriy, you should not confine yourself to accepting existing theories and ideas, but you should be courageous enough to challenge authority and textbooks. You will need to change the learning habit of following orders compliantly and listening to teachers obediently that you are used to in primary and secondary school.

 

Dear students, please fully explore your curiosity, keep acquiring new knowledge, and never lose the passion for the pursuit of truth. Creativity and curiosity are two inseparable qualities. Almost all major scientific discoveries were initiated by curiosity. A spark of curiosity and imagination may lead to a discovery that could change the world. Dare to be unconventional and think the unthinkable, let curiosity be the driving force of innovation, and leave your footprints on the advancement of science.   


To help you adapt to college life and study as soon as possible, especially to the English immersion teaching model at GTIIT, we have designed a five-week pre-semester program for you. We hope this will enable each of youto successfully take the leap from passive acceptance to active participation in your studies. 

 

The transition may not be easy, but you do not need to be afraid or worried. In fact, when the pre-semester program ended last year, the first cohort of students was highly praised by the professors, who believed that the freshmen at GTIIT outperformed those at the Technion in basic subjects. So you should give yourself the credit you deserve.

 

In particular, it should be noted that on the path to scientific discovery, you must learn to raise questions besidessolving problems. The ability to ask the right questions is more important than the ability to solve problems. GTIIT will emphasize the ability to ask the right questions,  and lifelong learning.

 

Gaokao scores are no doubt an important criterion for student admission, but make no mistake, the scores only represent the performance of the past, and cannot fully reflect anyone's  true potential. Now you are atn the same starting line. You should know that in the past year, the hard work of the first cohort has shown that the teaching model of GTIIT can tap the full potential of each student, making him or her more excellent.

 

Over the past year, among the many students who have been recognized by their professors for high academic performance, several did not have top Gaokao scores. Not long ago, we  announced the winners of the academic excellence scholarship for the Class of 2017. We are happy to see that four winners, who did not receive the Chancellor Scholarship at the time of enrollment, have achieved their full potential through a year of diligent study. Some of our students also participated in the harnessing project of River Lian in Shantou, starting to make strides in scientific endevours.

 

We believe that in the future, even more students will achieve excellence. Even though no unversity in the world can guarantee that every graduate will be outstanding, we are confident that GTIIT can do so for large percentage of its graduates. GTIIT enjoys strong support from many people. At this important moment of GTIIT, we need to express our sincere thanks to the leaders at all levels of the Central Government, Guangdong province, Shantou municipality, Shantou University, and the Technion. We will always be grateful to Mr. Li Ka-shing for his generous endowment and great contribution to GTIIT.

 

I also wish to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the faculty, staff and researchers of GTIIT. Over the past year, the members of our faculty have imparted their expertise without any reservation, using wisdom to guide the students to academic success; our researchers have achieved excellent scientific outcomes within a short period of time, boosting our confidence and determination to build GTIIT into a top research university. I also want to thank our administrative staff who have devoted themselves to the development and smooth operation of GTIIT.

 

Dear students, from today onwards, you will embark on a new journey as college students. I hope you will constantly explore, discover, and innovate in the next four years, to raise yourselves from dependence to independence, from obdiance to innovation, and from good to exceptional. I sincerely wish that each one of you can develop your own special talent, achieve success with diligence and hard work, and become influential in your choosen field of science and technology.


Thank you all!






——Speech at GTIIT Opening Ceremony

August 13, 2018




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Professor. Li Jiange

Mr. Li Jiange isthe Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sun Yefang Foundation. Chancellor of Guangdong-Technion Israel Institute of Technology.He wasCo-Head of Tsinghua University National Institute of Financial Research. Chairman of ShenYin & WanGuo Securities co., Ltd. Chairman of China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC), Vice Minister of Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council;Vice Minister of the State Council Office for Restructuring the Economic System,Vice Chairman and then Executive Vice Chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission,Chief of Staff of the Securities Commission of the State Council. He had also worked as Deputy Director General and then Director General of the Department of Policy and Regulation of the State Economic and Trade Commission, Deputy Director General of Policy Research Office of the State Planning Commission. He is concurrently Professor and Supervisor for Ph.D. students at the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Tsinghua PBCSF and School of Finance of Renmin University of China. He has been trustee of Sun Yefang Foundation of Economics and Member of its Awarding Committee since 2002. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation in 2009.

I’m very happy to join the Technion effort to build GTIIT in China’s Guangdong Province. I intend to do everything in my power to make GTIIT 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, 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 in 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 the 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 a program in environmental sciences, I look forward to expanding, in the near future, to programs 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.”


—————A letter from Vice Chancellor, professor Aaron Ciechanover

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Professor Aaron Ciechanover

Aaron Ciechanover was born in Haifa, Israel in 1947. He is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. He received his M.Sc. (1971) and M.D. (1973) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He then completed his national service (1973-1976) as military physician, and continued his studies to obtain a doctorate in biological sciences in the Faculty of Medicine in the Technion (D.Sc.; 1982). There, as a graduate student with Dr. Avram Hershko and in collaboration with Dr. Irwin A. Rose from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, USA, they discovered that covalent attachment of ubiquitin to a target protein signals it for degradation. They deciphered the mechanism of conjugation, described the general proteolytic functions of the system, and proposed a model according to which this modification serves as a recognition signal for a specific downstream protease. As a post- doctoral fellow with Dr. Harvey Lodish at the M.I.T., he continued his studies on the ubiquitin system and made additional important discoveries. Along the years it has become clear that ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis plays major roles in numerous cellular processes, and aberrations in the system underlie the pathogenetic mechanisms of many diseases, among them certain malignancies and neurodegenerative disorders. Consequently, the system has become an important platform for drug development.


Among the numerous prizes Ciechanover received are the 2000 Albert Lasker Award, the 2003 Israel Prize, and the 2004 Nobel Prize (Chemistry; shared with Drs. Hershko and Rose). Among many academies, Ciechanover is member of the Israeli National Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Foreign Fellow), the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences of the USA and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of the USA (Foreign Associate), the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS; Foreign Member), and the Russian Academy of Sciences (Foreign Member).

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Eliezer Shalev, M.D., is Chair Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He received his MD from the Technion and is regarded as one of Israel's leading experts in obstetrics and gynecology.


Dr. Shalev has held the Technion’s administrative position of dean of medicine, as well as other distinguished positions such as chairman of the Israeli Ministry of Health's National Council for Obstetrics Gynecology, Genetics and Neonatology. President of the Israeli Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chairman of the Technological and Medical Infrastructure Advisory Committee and of the Advisory Committee for the Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Health. He also served on the Israeli Science Foundation's Advisory Committee on Medicine and the International Federation for Obstetrics and Gynecology's advisory panel on maternal and perinatal health.

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