Technion President on Global Education and Cornell NYC Tech
Just two years after the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology teamed up with Cornell University to win Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Applied Sciences NYC competition, the product of that collaboration, the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell NYC Tech is making progress. The institute launched its Runway Postdoctoral program in February 2014 and is admitting students for its Connective Media Master of Science degree program in the fall. Construction of the state-of-the-art Roosevelt Island campus is anticipated to reach completion in 2017.
Meanwhile, the Technion is taking its global education initiatives eastward. In September 2013, the Technion and China’s Shantou University announced plans to create the Technion Guangdong Institute of Technology (TGIT), an academic facility focused on technological innovation and entrepreneurship,
underwritten by a $130 million grant from billionaire philanthropist Li Ka-Shing.
“The academic world is open and we would like to attract to the Technion the best students possible. You know, look at American universities – in every leading American university some 30-40-50
percent of students are coming from all over the world. The ‘catchment area’ as we say in medicine, is the entire world,” said Technion President, Peretz Lavie.
After working for seven years as the Technion’s Vice President for resource development and external relations, Lavie was elected president of the Technion in October 2009 and confirmed for a second four-year term in 2013. Lavie has since overseen the Cornell NYC Tech and TGIT partnerships, as well as facilitated an academic cooperation agreement with France’s École Polytechnique.
“I see an axis, an axis of west, Mediterranean, east. And this will probably bring the campuses together and will help cross-cultural exchange and better relationships. I truly believe that education is the key to make people closer,” Lavie told MetroFocus‘ Rafael Pi Roman.