WELCOME MESSAGE

  • Prof Li Jiange

  • Prof Aaron Ciechanover

Today, we gather here to celebrate the first opening ceremony of the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT).I sincerely enjoy spending the time together with you.This moment of extraordinary joy and passion will be recorded as a remarkable chapter in our school history.


Here, on behalf of all the faculty and staff, I would like to extend a warm welcome and sincere thanks to the students for joining GTIIT. Congratulations on becoming GTIIT’s first cohort of students. In the coming years, you will witness the start-up development of this world-class research university of science and engineering jointly established by China and Israel.


In the past few years, a great number of people have spared no efforts to turn GTIIT from just a proposal to a consensus, and from a blueprint to reality. Our hardworking faculty and staff had no time to take summer vacation, and stuck to their posts in student recruitment, campus construction, opening preparation and so on. Here, dear students and parents, please join me to thank them with our warm applause.


Dear students, wehave the confidence to prove in the next four yearsthat your choice of GTIIT is a wise one, a choice that you will never regret, and instead, will always be proud of.


We are deeply aware that your applying for GTIIT is a show of trust in us; and the acceptance letters we sent are our responsibility and promise to you. You and your parents have decided to trust us with your most precious youthful time, and all of GTIIT’s faculty and staff have felt the huge responsibility we are shouldering.


GTIIT is the only state-level cooperation project between China an Israel in the field of education. It is a university, an independent legal entity, initiated by Shantou University and Technion Israel Institute of Technology under the regulations of Chinese-foreign cooperation in running schools. Why do we need to work with Technion? What can we learn from Jewish civilization? What kind of unique path of innovation shall GTIIT take? In the freshmen education agenda, a lecture has been arranged during which I would like to share some of my thoughts on these questions.


There is a very popular saying in China: do not let yourself or your children “lose at the starting line”. I believe that some students and parents sitting here today will inevitably compare GTIIT with other universities with higher admission scores. However, life is not a sprint, not even a marathon. Life is more like an auto rally. If the game is not over, you will have the opportunity to overtake around the curve at the next stage as long as you keep fighting and do not give up.


GTIIT attaches great importance to inspiring students' self-confidence. In our eyes, you are all outstanding in science and English, and are equipped with high EQ and IQ, solid academic foundation and strong willpower. On this track GTIIT provides, you can say goodbye to the past, embrace the future, be yourself and make greater achievements.


Two years ago at the cornerstone laying ceremony of GTIIT, the late President of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mr. Shimon Peres spoke that when he was a child, his mother would ask him two questions everyday he comes home from school: 1. Have you raised any good questions to the teacher? 2. Have you said anything that impressed your classmates? This is the typical education and thinking philosophy of the Jewish culture,which encourages independent thinking, challenging the authority, being innovative and different, and questioning everything.


This new learning environment of heuristics and analytical thinking will be a huge challenge to you who are accustomed to spoon-feeding and test-based education for many years. In the classrooms of GTIIT, you should give full play to your curiosity and imagination, dare to ask questions and debate. Our professors will not despise you when your questions may seem childish; and they will think highly of you when the questions are sharp and to the point.


Albert Einstein once said: "The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think." Students that GTIIT cultivates should not just be the inheritors of existing knowledge, but the explorers and innovators of the unknown world. GTIIT attaches more importance to students' lifelong learning ability which will help them cope with the ever-changing technology development and industrial transformation in the future.


Here, I must emphasize that the establishment of GTIIT has always enjoyed strong support from leaders at all levels of the central government, Guangdong Province, Shantou City and Shantou University. Our hearts are filled with sincere gratitude and respect. In return, we will keep providing our society with qualified and innovative personnel who are outstanding in both ability and integrity, and proficient in both liberal arts and science. GTIIT will always give priority to moral education and the cultivation of sound values and right outlooks on the world and life.


We should always be grateful to Mr. Li Ka-shing who has provided a huge donation and made outstanding contributions to the establishment of GTIIT. Bearing in mind Mr. Li’s maxim such as “learn to be a good person before you do something" and "building up oneself in the pursuit of selflessness", we should be thankful and contribute to the society.


Dear students, GTIIT's goal is to develop into a small-scale, quality and research-oriented university. Please rest assured that our beautiful and exquisite campus will accommodate not only the desks for your study, but also all your dreams and ambition!


                                       

——Speech atGTIIT Opening Ceremony2017

August14, 2017


                                       

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Professor. Li Jiange

Mr. Li is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sun Yefang Foundation. Vice Chairman, Central Huijin Investment Co., Ltd. Chancellor of Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology. He was Co-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 of Policy Research Office of the State Planning Commission, Deputy Director General and then Director General of the Department of Policy and Regulation of the State Economic and Trade 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).

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 centrepiece of our time—powering us into the future. Talent, imagination, meta-thinking and qualitative intelligence could neither be moulded, controlled nor channeled. Establishing a creative paradigm is not easy to set right, only through education and the rule of law can we build a free and fair, fun and fruitful future for all.


One of the founders of Technion Albert Einstein said,’There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’


These are words that resonate deeply in me. No one can afford to sit and wait for miracles—miracles don't just happen! You make them happen. I am 87 years old, my unchanging promise is that I will never stop pushing forward for a more hopeful future.”


GTIIT will be the home for the wise and innovators. With the profound impact it will bring to mankind and my beloved homeland, I envision a wonderful world for everyone—for generations to thrive with dignity, freedom and happiness.”


——Speech at the GTIIT Inauguration Ceremony

December 16, 2015

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