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The 3rd Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference and International Seminar of China-Israel Entrepreneurship and Innovation Opportunity & Challenge is Successfully Held in Israel

Aug 19, 2016 Office of Global Engagement

Local time May 16 to 17, the 3rd Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference and International Seminar of China-Israel Entrepreneurship and Innovation Opportunity & Challenge, sponsored by Jilin University and  Ben-Gurion University, and co-hosted by China-Israel Entrepreneurship and Innovation Cooperation Research Center of Jilin University, Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of Ben-Gurion University and Economics School of Jilin University, was successfully held in Beersheba, Israel. More than 400 experts, scholars, government officials and entrepreneurs from China, Israel, the Netherlands, UK and other countries attended the meeting.

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Mr. Shimon Peres, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Israeli President, delivered an enthusiastic, touching and thought-provoking speech for the event through media message. In his speech, he spoke highly of the significance of the meeting held by the two centers of the two universities, and had deep confidence and high expectations for the prospect of the cooperation between the two great nations and peoples that enjoy deep friendship and share many similarities.

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The meeting was chaired by Professor Dafna Schwartz, the co-chairman of the meeting and Director of Bengis Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Professor Yang Zhenbin, Chairman of University Council, Professor Rivka Carmi, the President of Ben-Gurion University, Doctor Cheng Long, the Secretary of Communist Youth League of Jilin Province, Jiang Yandong, the First Secretary of Education Office of Chinese Embassy to Israel, and Pan Liwen, the Israeli diplomatic representative delivered speeches during the opening ceremony.

During his speech, Mr. Yang Zhenbin said that China and Israel were complementary to each other, and hence had great cooperation potential in areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. The meeting is the first major event after the signing of the program to co-establish China-Israel Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center by Jilin University and Ben-Gurion University with the witness of Ms. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of State Council of China, and Mr. Bennet, Minister of Education of Israel. It signals that a brand-new stage has been ushered in for the pragmatic cooperation between the two universities, and also demonstrates a major progress in going global, entrepreneurship and innovation by Jilin University. Professor Rivka Carmi, the President of Ben-Gurion University, mentioned in her speech that though China and Israel were far apart, with distinctly different natural conditions and development levels, the two countries both had long histories and civilizations, and had great cooperation potential. The 3rd Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference has become the window and platform for Israeli academic circle and business world to know about China. She suggested that the two universities to build a closer cooperation relationship, so as to make greater contribution to the cultural and educational exchanges between China and Israel.

Professor Li Zheng, the co-chairman and director at China-Israel Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, announced recent activities of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centers in the two universities and updates on cooperation with related government departments and companies in the opening ceremony. He also announced that the 4th Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference in 2016 will be held in Nankai University. Professor Zhang Yuli, Dean of Business School of Nankai University delivered a speech on behalf of Nankai University.

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Chaired by Mr. Tsvi Vinig, the professor of University of Amsterdam, Professor Dan Shechtman, 2011 Nobel laureates in Chemistry and technological entrepreneurship and innovation expert, and Avi Hasson, the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy of Israel delivered keynote speeches titled with “Population Conditions, Technological Entrepreneurship and China’s Future”, and “Build an Innovative Economic System: Public Policies of Innovation and High Technology Development in Israel” respectively. Their speeches were received with applauses by the audience.

During the meeting, scholars, entrepreneurs, and government department representatives had in-depth communications and discussions in fields of innovation cooperation, opportunities and challenges for China and Israel’s innovation, technological innovation in medical and health industry, and industrial technological innovation such as agriculture and energy conservation. The two universities also held seminars on inter-university cooperation, and reached consensus on joint doctoral programs, research cooperation, and joint entrepreneurship and innovation education.

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This meeting is held at the time when China is accelerating innovation-driven development strategy and deepening the implementation of mindset of development through innovation, and when China-Israel Three Year Action Plan of Innovation Cooperation (2015-2017) was signed between Chinese and Israeli leaders. It is the first major event after the signing of the program to co-establish China-Israel Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center by Jilin University and Ben-Gurion University under the witness of Ms. Liu Yandong, Vice Premier of State Council of China, and Mr. Bennet, Minister of Education of Israel. It is the symbol and demonstration of the fruits of in-depth cooperation between the two universities in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation.

The meeting evoked wide response from Israeli society, which was reported and covered by Ha'aretz and other mainstream Israeli media. On the sideline of the meeting, Professor Yang Zhenbin was interviewed by CCTV, Science and Technology Daily and some local media.

Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference is an international meeting platform initiated by Professor Li Zheng from Economics School of Jilin University and Professor Tsvi Vinig from University of Amsterdam. The conference has been successfully held for three years, and has become one with influence at both home and abroad. The first and second are held in Changchun, China in 2014 and 2015 respectively, sponsored by Jilin University, University of Amsterdam, Communist Youth League of Jilin Provincial Committee and Science and Technology Department of Jilin Province, and hosted by Economics School of Jilin University and China-Israel Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center. The meetings were both successfully held, and have been widely reported by Network News Broadcast of CCTV, Xinhua News, China News Service, Guangming Daily, People’s Daily, Jilin Daily, Phoenix TV and other media.

The video message delivered to the 3rd Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference by Mr. Shimon Peres, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Israeli President:

http://www.jlu.edu.cn/__local/A/6A/D5/AEF4D904BB304C3AF43ACCD814F_8B62DFC1_5DF84D8.mp4