After the ending of first China-Israel University President Forum, upon the invitation of Prof. Rivka Carmi, president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Cai Li, Executive Vice Chairwoman of JLU Council led the delegation to pay a special visit to Ben-Gurion University at Negev Beersheba of Israel and signed MOU between JLU and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Zvi HaCohen, academic dean of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Dafna Schwartz, director of Bengis Innovation and Enterprising Research Center, Stavi Baram, director of international affairs office attended the signing ceremony.
Prof. Rivka Carmi gave an overview of school management characteristics of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She pointed out that the early establishment of BGU was closely linked with the development of Negev desert. They built the bridge across fundamental research and applied research, promoted technological innovation and accomplished the industrialization of scientific results. The signing of China-Israel Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Agreement and MOU for comprehensive cooperation between BGU and JLU marked a new chapter of BGU’s international development and promised a sound prospect of cooperation between two universities in many more areas besides innovation and entrepreneurship.
Cai Li said in her speech that JLU had a complete range of disciplines and was the largest comprehensive and national key universities. JLU shared the same positioning of school management with BGU; while focusing on developing high-level scientific research and top-level talents, JLU also attached importance to innovation and entrepreneurship spirits and focused on fulfilling the social responsibilities of the university. The signing of agreement symbolized that the bilateral practical innovation and cooperation entered into a higher level, and the signing of MOU would promote efficient and practical cooperation in many more advantage disciplines between two universities and achieve mutual benefits and win-win.
Director Dafna Schwartz and Li Zheng, Vice Dean of School of Economics of JLU, delivered briefs about preparations for the 3rd Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference, to be held jointly in Beersheba, Israel this May.
The delegation conducted in-depth exchange with vice president in charge research and development of BGU, dean of Faculty of Business and Management and related leaders of Faculty of Health Sciences and Medical School for International Health; visited NIBN, Faculty of Geology and Environment Sciences, rock mechanical laboratory, petroleum geology chemistry laboratory, stable isotope of the environment laboratory, and BIDR, and held in-depth talks with leaders respectively in the fields of geology, dryland agriculture and technology, water resources research, dryland environment and energy research. During the lunch with Chinese students at BGU, Cai Li introduced JLU to students and welcomed them to learn more about JLU and come to work at JLU.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established in 1969, located in Beersheba, and is one of the major research universities in Israel. After the departure of Israel’s first president David Ben Gurion in 1973, BGU was changed to its present name. BGU is home to about 20,000 students and 4,000 teachers. BGU has Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management, the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies, and Academic Research Center. BGU takes the lead in research on new energy, dryland agriculture, water resources and other fields, maintains close links with the industries and ranks the first in non-governmental funding.