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19 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Strong Chinese student enrolment at Israeli universities E-mail

The influx of Chinese students at Israeli universities has been growing steadily in recent years, the Jerusalem Post reports.

At the forefront of this enrolment boom is the University of Haifa, which currently boasts some 200 Chinese students among its student body, compared to 20 in 2013, representing a 1,000% increase. A majority of those students come from the University of East China Normal University in Shanghai, which is a sister city of Haifa.

University of Haifa president Ron Robin welcomes the addition. “The co-operation with strategic partners from Chinese industry and academia serves the strategic goals of the university,” he said. “We have positioned ourselves as a leading international institution. As such, we welcome all the Chinese students to Israel, and intend to continue to deepen the ties and co-operation with the Chinese academy.”

These ties can result in profitable research and development in which millions of dollars are currently being invested in the hopes of further strengthening the bonds between the two countries.

This past March, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Economy Minister Eli Cohen were present when Robin, along with the Hangzhou Wahaha Group and the Institute of Automation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, signed a US$10-million deal that finalised the construction of three Israeli-Chinese artificial intelligence technology centres in Haifa, Hangzhou and Beijing.

Across town, the TechnionIsrael Institute of Technology has also seen an influx of Chinese students in recent years. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the school had 117 fulltime Chinese students, and 177 Chinese students enrolled in its summer school of engineering.

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