Human history has seen large changes throughout the generations. Ours is not the first to witness such change, but we are experiencing one of the most transformative and rapid shifts since the Industrial Revolution.
Although this transformation is still unfolding, we can already identify some of its path-changing features: National boundaries are no longer what they used to be, and when it comes to scientific knowledge and innovation, the global community transcends these boundaries.
We now see these changes becoming a reality. This past month, I had the privilege of leading American supporters of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology on the Technion World Tour China. Our group toured the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT), the first Israeli university campus in China, which was inaugurated last December. We also visited some of most culturally significant sites in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and elsewhere, and met the leaders of some of China’s most influential start-ups and investment companies.
GTIIT links Israel’s oldest university to China’s most populous province, building a hub for a new ecosystem of high-tech businesses, a bridge to advance Israeli-Chinese scientific research collaboration, and a framework for significant investments in the knowledge and skills of the Chinese people.