21 February 2018 - 6 Adar 5778 - ו' אדר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Vietnamese students begin agricultural course in Israel E-mail
Five Vietnamese students joined 13 others from India, the Philippines and various African countries to begin an agricultural MSc course at the Arava International Centre for Agriculture Training (AICAT) in the south of Israel.

The MSc programme, the fourth of its kind, is a co-operative venture between the AICAT and Tel Aviv University (TAU).

Khuat Van Quyen, First Secretary of the Vietnamese Embassy in Israel, thanked AICAT and TAU for supporting the Vietnamese students and shared his thoughts about advanced technology applied in agriculture in Israel. He said he hoped that after the 18-month course, the Vietnamese students will apply their valuable agricultural knowledge in their homeland.
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Hong Kong hosts Technion University event in lead-up to official opening of its Shantou campus E-mail

On 21 November, the “Technion, China and Israel - Partners in Innovation” gala event took place at the Hong Kong InterContinental Hotel. In attendance were representatives of the Hong Kong SAR government, venture capitalists from Hong Kong and China, industrialists, company leaders and academics.

The aim of the event was to showcase Israeli high-tech industry; Technion’s central role in its development; the new UG-Technion Technology Fund, L.P.; and Israeli-Hong Kong-Chinese technology-transfer partnerships. A video was screened presenting the new UG-Technion Technology Fund as a bridge between academia and industry, an alliance that focuses on identifying and turning innovative ideas into commercial products that can impact our lives.

Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie spoke about the Israeli high-tech world and Technion’s role as an engine driving Israeli and global innovation. The evening was moderated by Dr. Sissi Wachtel Galor, co-chair of HK Technion, and speakers included Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover; Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) President Li Jiange; Israel’s Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau, Ahuva Spieler; President of the Israel-Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Rafael Aharoni, BBS; General Partner of UG-Technion Partners, L.P. and co-founder of United Gain Capital, CY Lau, Technion’s partner in the new venture capital fund; and Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong, Charles Ng.

Ng spoke about the role of Hong Kong in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aimed at connecting China to Europe, the Middle East and Israel. The Li Ka Shing Foundation was represented by Frank Sixt.

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Israel and Japan explore social entrepreneurship E-mail

The International Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship in Israel and Japan was held on 15 November at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Roppongi, Tokyo.

Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s Minister of Justice, was the special guest during her timely visit to Japan in the same week.

One of the many topics she spoke about was “HELP!”, a smart phone application that promotes volunteerism and mutual responsibility. She said it was an example of social innovation initiatives in Israel, which is known as a startup nation.

The main lectures were by two social innovation experts: Professor Nir Tsuk from Israel (Guest Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at King’s College London and the University of Osaka) and Professor Toshiya Tsujita from Japan (Associate Professor at the Center for the Study of Co* Design, Social Innovation Division, Osaka University).

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Philippine school to pilot iSTEAM project for multi-disciplinary learning E-mail

Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Ephraim Ben Matityau received a warm welcome from teachers and students of Mintal Comprehensive High School in Davao City on 24 November.

Ambassador Matityau graced the ceremony for the launching of the “Capacity Building of Teachers on Project Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (iSTEAM)” project, which is a collaborative project of the Department of Education – Davao City Schools Division, the City Government of Davao, the Embassy of Israel, the Pass It Forward Foundation and the ORT Israel Network.

About 2,900 senior high-school students from Mintal Comprehensive High School will soon benefit from a more holistic approach to learning core subjects in Mathematics and Science after their school was chosen to pilot the curriculum called Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics or iSteam. The learning curriculum was developed by the non-government organisation, ORT Israel.

Under the iSteam programme, teachers from Mintal Comprehensive High School will undergo training in Israel. “The idea is to incorporate these disciplines together and motivate the students to be self-learners, to initiate projects and to redesign the role of the teacher from just being the teacher to being able to men-tor the students,” said ORT Israel representative David Meir Rosenberg in an interview at the sidelines of the ceremony for the project.

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Cathay Pacific to open Israel office, schedule more flights E-mail

Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s flagship airline, is set to launch an office in Israel as well as daily Tel Aviv-Hong Kong flights beginning in 2018.

“The company’s agenda is to allocate airliners to destinations for which we see strong demand, and it can therefore be assumed that we will also increase the frequency of the flights to daily,” said Cathay Pacific’s Israel manager, Jonathan Bailey, Globes reported.

Cathay Pacific’s first flight to Israel landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport in March. The airline currently offers around four to six weekly flights between Tel Aviv and Hong Kong, and uses the environmentally friendly 280-seat Airbus A350 planes on the route. Next year, the airline may introduce Airbus A350-1000 planes for the Israel route, increasing seating capacity by 10%, according to Globes.

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