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Technion Australia launches Haifa Teen Tech

Three students from Sydney’s Moriah College recently participated in the inaugural Haifa Teen Tech Competition being held at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Professor Avram Hershko

Year 11 students Kayla Gelman, Aryeh Naar and Sarah Zeigman have joined an exclusive group of 60 young entrepreneurs selected from all over the world at the exciting 10-day program that exposed them to Technion and its role in Israel’s reputation as the Start-Up Nation, and a scientific and technological world leader.


Guangdong Technion - First Israeli University Inaugurated in China


The Guangdong-Technion Israel Institute of Technology will train future innovators who will shape the world


On 19 December 2017, the Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) was inaugurated in China. The project, which brings together Israeli spirit coupled with Chinese strength, is the result of an historic partnership between the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the Guangdong Provincial Government, the Shantou Municipal Government and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

In his speech at the inauguration, Technion President Lavie pointed out the great similarity between Jewish tradition and Chinese culture: Jewish and Chinese cultures both have long histories of written tradition, emphasize ethics at the center of their traditions, and hold learning as a core value. President Lavie thanked philanthropist Mr. Li Ka-shing, whose profound vision, legendary generosity and deep devotion were instrumental in the realization of the project, and blessed the inauguration of GTIIT that took place during the Hanukah Holiday, with the Hebrew blessing: “Shehecheyanu, v’kiyimanu, v’higiyanu la’z’man ha’zeh” (Who has given us life, sustained us, and allowed us to reach this day).

GTIIT was established with the support of the Governor of Guangdong Province, the Shantou Municipal Government, the Chinese Government and the Li Ka Shing Foundation (LKSF). It is intended to train an elite brand of scientists and engineers who will influence China and the world, primarily on issues concerning the environment. It will also promote cooperation between Shantou University and Technion. Such partnerships are already underway in the field of medical sciences.

The new university is headed by GTIIT Chancellor Li Jiange, who said, “China offers Technion a broad platform to realize its academic excellence. We in turn must learn from Technion and Israel as to what innovative thinking is.”

On behalf of Technion, GTIIT is led by Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and Technion Distinguished Prof. Aaron Ciechanover. Prof. Ciechanover said, “The opening of the Technion campus in China is a testament to the excellent relations between China and Israel and, no less important, to the great appreciation of the Chinese giant for Israel’s scientific and engineering achievements and to the education leading to them. It is important to remember that we also have something to learn from the Chinese – planning and carrying out large-scale projects, adhering to timetables and boundless industriousness. There is no doubt that all parties involved in the project will reap considerable benefits from it.”

The inauguration of the campus takes place just two years after the groundbreaking ceremony for GTIIT, which was held in December 2015 before an audience of 5,000. At that ceremony, the ninth President of Israel Shimon Peres said: “The establishment of a Technion campus in China is one more proof that Israeli innovation is breaking down geographic borders. China is one of Israel's major partners in technology and high-tech, and both countries have much to share with, and learn from, one another.”

Immediately following today’s inauguration ceremony, participants proceeded to the opening of a new exhibition that was created especially for the event. Dubbed, “Technion Wisdom – The Art of Science,” the exhibition presents 37 outstanding research and innovation achievements by Technion researchers and alumni. The exhibition curator, Anat Har-Gil, gave each of these developments an artistic interpretation that renders them accessible to the general public.

The events surrounding the inauguration include a scientific conference with the participation of researchers from Technion and Shantou University. Lectures on topics will include marine biology, coastal planning and medical science.

About Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT), situated near the Shantou University campus, is a top level, innovative and research-oriented university. The new campus covers 100,000 square meters and includes 13 buildings, 29 classrooms, 14 teaching laboratories, and 55 research laboratories. Six buildings serve as dormitories for students and faculty.



Technion President Lavie at the inauguration ceremony

Mr Li Ka-Shing at the inauguration ceremony (photography credit Chen Shi)

Aerial view of GTIIT

Main complex of GTIIT


Five students from Sydney have returned home after an exciting month in Israel at the 2017 Technion SciTech International Summer Science School.

Australia “punched above its weight” this year with a record-breaking number of students selected to join only 60 at Technion from over 20 countries around the world. The Year 10 students – Leila Freedman, Matthew Blau, Hannah Whitmont and Jamie Levine from Moriah College and Olivia Chen from Masada College spent the month working with Technion academics and graduates in the Technion’s state-of-the art laboratories. During their time at Technion, the students were tasked with challenging, specialised research projects incorporating everything from touch-screen functionality and virtual reality to cancer research and biomedical engineering.

Technion Australia offers a prestigious scholarship to encourage the young would-be scientists. This year’s scholarship was awarded to Moriah College’s Hannah Whitmont, who was full of enthusiasm for her experience. “It was such a friendly, inclusive environment,” says Hannah. “Everyone was so different, yet we bonded over a shared love of science.”

The cutting edge technology, world class laboratory facilities and expert mentorship offered at Technion was an unparalleled privilege for these budding young scientists. But there was so much more to their SciTech experience. The students had the opportunity to travel and explore Israel, make lifelong friends and learn about each others’ richly diverse cultural backgrounds. “It was such an amazing, inspirational experience,” says Matthew. “It was so incredible to be around such experts in their fields, technology and creative thinking.” Olivia adds “I met incredible people and had unforgettable adventures. It was truly the chance of a lifetime”.

On 8 September 2017 the SciTech students from Moriah College gave a talk about their time at Technion and their research projects at their High School assembly before their parents and fellow students. Technion Australia Executive Director, Hilary May Black, was honoured with a presentation from the students and College to express their appreciation to Technion and Technion Australia.

Technion Australia President, Dr Ruth Ratner, says “We are delighted to support SciTech at the Technion and are very proud of the achievements of the students who have attended over the years. Once again, the students have had an amazing time in the inspiring Technion environment. We’re looking forward to promoting the programme here in Australia even more widely in 2018”.

Schools will be contacted about applications for SciTech 2018 in late 2017. For more information contact Hilary May Black, Executive Director, on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


hello from scitech2017

Hello from SciTech 2017!

jaime levine and team

(L) Jaime Levine and her team (R) Jaime Levine, Leila Freedman, Matthew Blau, Olivia Chen and Hannah Whitmont

Hannah Whitmont and her team at Technion

Hannah Whitmont

jaime levines sensor project

Jaime Levine's project at Technion

jaime levine  team in the lab

Jaime Levine and team

leila freedman and team at technion

Leila Freedman and team

leila freedman and team with project poster

Leila Freedman and team with Project Poster

matthew blau and team with project poster

Matthew Blau and team with Project Poster

matthew blau in the labolivia chen in scitech lab

(L) Matthew Blau in the lab (R) Olivia Chen in the lab

olivia chen  team in the lab

Olivia Chen and team
Olivia Chen and team

scitech 2017 exploring israel

SciTech 2017 exploring Israel

scitech 2017 participants

SciTech 2017 get together

hilary may black at moriah college with scitech students 08 09 2017


Moriah College SciTech students and Technion Australia Executive Director Hilary May Black


Blending Art and Science at the Olsen Gallery, Woollahra

Over 70 Technion Australia members and supporters recently enjoyed a private viewing of the latest paintings of renowned artist Peter Churcher at the beautiful Olsen Gallery, Woollahra.

The evening’s Guest of Honour was Professor Shulamit Levenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at Technion Israel Institute of Technology who gave a fascinating talk about her ground-breaking work in stem cell and tissue engineering.