First Israeli University Inaugurated in China.

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The Guangdong-Technion Israel Institute of Technology will train future innovators who will shape the world.

The Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) was inaugurated in China. The project, which brings together Israeli spirit and Chinese strength, is the result of an historic partnership between the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the Guangdong Provincial Government, the Shantou Municipal Government and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The ceremony was held on the GTIIT campus this morning, in the presence of Mr. Li Ka-shing, who conceived the idea, and Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie; Shantou Mayor Zheng Jiange; Haifa, Israel Mayor Yona Yahav; Israeli Consul General to Guangzhou, Nadav Cohen; Israeli Consul General to Hong Kong, Ahuva Spieler; Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Israel Council for Higher Education, Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats; Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and Technion Distinguished Prof. Aaron Ciechanover; Technion Board of Governors Chairman Lawrence Jackier; representatives of the Chinese Government; and guests from around the world.

In his speech, Technion President Lavie pointed out the great similarity between Jewish tradition and Chinese culture: Jewish and Chinese cultures both have long histories of written tradition, emphasize ethics at the center of their traditions, and hold learning as a core value. President Lavie thanked philanthropist Mr. Li Ka-shing, whose profound vision, legendary generosity and deep devotion were instrumental in the realization of the project, and blessed the inauguration of GTIIT that took place during the Hanukah Holiday, with the Hebrew blessing: “Shehecheyanu, v’kiyimanu, v’higiyanu la’z’man ha’zeh” (Who has given us life, sustained us, and allowed us to reach this day.

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November 8, 2017 EMET Prize Laureate Dist. Prof. Jacob Ziv

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Technion Distinguished Prof. Jacob Ziv of the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering has been chosen as laureate for the 2017 EMET Prize in the category of ‘Exact Sciences: Computer & Electronic Engineering.’

The prize is awarded annually under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Israel, and consists of five categories of academic or professional achievements that have significantly benefited society. Prof. Ziv is being recognized for his game-changing contribution to the fields of information and communications.

Over the years, Prof. Ziv has won prestigious awards including the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award, Israel Prize in the Exact Sciences, Israel Defence Prize (twice), Marconi International Award, IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, and Claude E. Shannon Award. He has held positions including President of the Israel Academy of Sciences, Chair of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Israeli Council for Higher Education, and has been a member of leading American and European societies.

The Lempel-Ziv algorithm, which Prof. Ziv developed together with Prof. Abraham Lempel of Technion’s Faculty of Computer Science, is an algorithm for compressing information that enables lossless compression regardless of the structure of the data and without prior knowledge of its statistical properties. Many of the compression technologies currently used in memory devices, computers, and smartphones were developed based on this algorithm.

The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on November 9, 2017.

September 14, 2017 Cornell Tech Dedication

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Professor Peretz Lavie, President of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology speech at the Dedication of Cornell Tech.

“A once-in-a- generation opportunity, to build a new university in N.Y.C.”, those were the words of Mayor Bloomberg in his invitation to top tier universities. I used these words when I conveyed his magnificent idea to a group of Technion Deans. I asked them to prepare a proposal for a new graduate program in NY, tailor-made to the economic strengths of the city. Between you and me, while I emphasized that this was indeed a once in a life time opportunity, I also encouraged them that “since we have a very slim chance of winning –  be wild, use your imagination to build something original, new, out of the box.” And indeed they did.

 Imagine, building a new university from scratch!

Prof. Skorton and now Prof. Polack and myself are eternally grateful to Mayor Bloomberg for giving us this incredible chance to fulfill every university president’s fantasy. This opportunity could not have come at a better time. One of the current most pressing issues facing universities and academic institutes world-wide, is the search for the best means to adapt to the fourth industrial revolution – the digital revolution – the Machine Age.

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