On January 20, Qian Xuhong, President of ECNU, met with the delegation led by Mr. Edward Shapira, Consul General of the State of Israel in Shanghai.
Qian Xuhong met with the delegation led by Mr. Edward Shapira
Qian Xuhong, on behalf of ECNU, extended his warm welcome to the Consul General and his delegation, and then briefly introduced the university and its cooperation and exchanges with Israel. Edward Shapira thanked ECNU for its hospitality and said that ECNU is the first university in Shanghai he has visited since he took office in September 2020. He said that Israel attaches great importance to cooperation with Chinese universities, which as the source of scientific and technological innovation determine the country’s future development.. He also expressed his appreciation for the achievements made by ECNU and the University of Haifa in jointly establishing the Joint Translational Science and Technology Research Institute to develop scientific research cooperation and promote exchanges between teachers and students from China and Israel.
Mr. Edward Shapira presented the book No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel to ECNU
Qian Xuhong responded that the Chinese nation and the Jewish nation share much in common and respect each other and that , both parties have placed considerable value on education and tradition and have made tremendous contributions to promoting the progress of human civilization. In addition, as one of the world’s most successful countries in translating university research results, Israel is a perfect model for Shanghai in this respect, as the city is committed to building a global science and innovation center. Therefore, the potential is huge for interdisciplinary collaboration between ECNU and Israeli universities and schools in artificial intelligence, education, psychological cognition and other fields.
Mr. Shapira pointed out that one of the Consulate General’s responsibilities is to build a bridge for people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and Israel and enhance cooperation in the fields of economy, science and technology, and innovation. He is ready to assist ECNU in implementing in-depth cooperation with more Israeli universities and enterprises. At the end of the meeting, both parties expressed their willingness to build a sound ecological environment for scientific and technological innovation in Shanghai.
Edward Shapira has served as Consul General of the State of Israel in Shanghai since September 2020. Previously, he was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of State of Israel to the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Tajikistan.
Source: International Exchange Division
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