ECNU-Haifa institute settles down in Zizhu park


20 November, ECNU and University of Haifa Joint Translational Science & Technology Research Institute reached a milestone for its efforts to boost cooperation by settling down in the Zizhu International Education Park.

The inauguration ceremony of the Joint Translational Science & Technology Research Institute.

Speaking at an inauguration ceremony, Eyal Propper, consul general of Israel in Shanghai, hailed it a great event in the history of cooperation between the two countries.

Ni Yaoming, head of Minhang District, congratulated the institute on making a home in the park.

As a pilot zone for China's science and technology sectors, Minhang district in Shanghai will strive to push forward with a strategy to promote globalization and increase technology transfer networks; this intends to accelerate the implementation process for the national bringing in and going out strategy for science and technology achievements.

Organizations in Minhang district of Shanghai are currently searching for more talents and intelligence support for its education development programs, according to Ni Yaoming.

Meanwhile, Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett sent best wishes to the institute, hoping it will stick to the path of innovation based on scientific curiosity. The secret of Israel's innovation lies in skepticism, which means never going with the flow or jumping through a hoop, but daring to criticize, question, transcend self and break through traditional cognition, he said.

Gustavo Mesch of the University of Haifa recalled a famous saying by Israeli prophet Theodor Hezl: If you will it, it is not a dream. He said this to convey how the facility represents a fruitful collaboration between ECNU and Haifa, likening the growth in cooperation between the two universities to a harvest from a seed.

Gustavo Mesch, Rector of University of Haifa.

ECNU had started cooperation with HaifaUniversity and Sino-Israel Technology Innovations to serve as a foundation for cross-disciplinary translational sciences and technology innovations. The goal was to build a Sino-IsraelInnovation Park in Shanghai.

Now, the jointly established research institute is expected to become the heart of a planned Sino-IsraelInnovationPark, rendering support for its breakthrough research through innovation in science and technology and core technologies - with Shanghai as the central scientific innovation hub.

Qian Xuhong, President of ECNU.

While delivering an opening speech at the ceremony, ECNU president Qian Xuhong said, “Israel - a global forerunner of scientific innovations and achievements - has accumulated rich experience in the transformation process and has possessed the strengths of institutional development to satisfy the innovation-driven strategy.” According to him, ECNU's national strategy of precise matchmaking of projects along with the joint research institute has taken a lead in four fields: biomedicine and R&D of new medicines, ecological and environmental engineering, neuroscience and brain science, and data science.

The research institute then aims to cultivate talented personnel who exude the pioneering spirits combined with international perspectives which can propel itself into a base for cross-disciplinary translational sciences and technology innovation.

The first joint managing meeting is held at the new building.

An implementation program and a three-year action plan were enacted by the local district government in order to upgrade the science and technology achievements in the pilot zone of Minhang. For the research institute, some of its main goals will be to foster world-class innovative and entrepreneurial talents, to train outstanding doctoral and postgraduate students, and to recruit postdoctoral researchers. The plans for two innovation-oriented platforms, the biopharmaceutical platform and the gene editing and cell treatment platform, have been listed into the program issued by the Minhang government. Additionally, through the collaboration process of ECNU and University of Haifa, it will also tap into more advanced research fields such as brain science, computer, AI and education information technologies.


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East China Normal University