From The President
“We have to be on our tiptoes and think ahead.”
– Prof. Peretz Lavie in an exclusive
interview in the Wall Street Journal.
In the third millennium, the strength and position of modern nations depends on an aptitude for transformation. Especially in the State of Israel, survival depends on continued growth through responding to the needs of the environment, to developments in science and technology, to the new generation and to the world as a whole. At Technion, we have thrived for over a century by doing just that.
In 2015, we are not resting on our laurels, but as ever embracing the future with a new era of rejuvenation impacting all areas of Technion life.
A new Master Plan, TechnionCity21 for the development of the Technion campus is now moving into high gear. A joint venture of the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning and the Division of Construction and Maintenance, the new plan for the Technion campus is highlighting the exceptional green ethos at Technion, with an emphasis on the preservation of nature within the development of state-of-the-art buildings and complementary areas of leisure, creativity, and social interaction. The plan also aims to blend with the neighboring environment of Haifa and Nesher; to identify and develop economic opportunities; and to provide a welcoming space for visitors, innovators and newcomers. In the coming years, the gateway to Technion will be transformed, establishing a streamlined and majestic entrance to campus. The Undergraduate Student Village – a new major construction project underway – will house 500 students by 2017.
Beyond physical structures, Technion is also undergoing rejuvenation in areas from the renewal of faculty, and renewal and enhancement of academic programs, to the renewal of the student experience dedicated to cultivating the next generation of excellent scientists and engineers. This includes the continued expansion of Technion International – home to outstanding students from 34 countries – from Albania to Venezuela and from Canada to Congo. Three quarters of Technion International 2013-2014 graduates continued to advanced studies; five remained at Technion while others went on to prestigious institutions including Stanford, MIT, Imperial College, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, and Berkeley.
We continue to transform the Technion presence on a global scale. The Jacobs Institute in New York is becoming a reality with students, staff and postdoctoral students, who are already active in their temporary home in Google’s Manhattan offices. The first buildings of the permanent home on Roosevelt Island should be ready by 2017. We are part of an historic partnership which will enhance New York City’s capacity to become the entrepreneurship capital of the world and a leader in technological research and innovation.
On the other side of the globe, the Guandong-Technion campus is progressing. The “green light” was given from the Chinese government to start the construction of the campus, and its detailed planning is progressing at full speed. The Technion’s expansion into China was made possible by an extraordinary gift by Chinese magnate Li Ka-shing. Mr. Li’s funding includes a $130 million donation toward the Technion campus in Haifa. Technion-Guangdong is due to open to students in 2017 with an initial focus on environmental studies. Technion faculty have visited the University of Shantou, the partner in this ambitious project, and have prepared the ground for joint research projects.
In this year’s President’s Report, you can discover the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. We take you to the cutting edge of healing for the visually impaired. Together, we will celebrate some aspects of student life at
Technion City today, and take a glimpse at how Technion is evolving within the world of tomorrow.
Prof. Peretz Lavie, President