BIT-Technion Advanced Science and Technology Seminar


From Nov. 22 to 25, the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)- Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) Advanced Science and Technology Seminar was held in Beijing and Haifa. Vice President of BIT Pang Shiping and Vice President of Technion Alon Wolf attended the opening ceremony and delivered speeches. The symposium was held in four days, covering various fields such as mechanical engineering, electromechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, physics, materials and environmental science, advanced structures, etc. The conference invited more than 20 experts and scholars from three institutions, namely, BIT, Technion and Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology, to participate.  

Pang briefly reviewed the history of cooperation between the two universities and introduced the basic situation of internationalization of BIT. He said that Technion is a world-renowned university and one of the important partners of BIT in Asia, and the two universities have a good foundation in student exchange and academic cooperation between teachers. It is hoped that this seminar would promote the exchange of research fields and create conditions for future scientific cooperation in the field of natural science and technology.

Alon Wolf congratulated the seminar and said that BIT is a friendly partner of Technion and hoped that this seminar would create new opportunities for student exchange and scientific cooperation between the two universities. The Israel Institute of Technology, established in 1912, is the oldest institution of higher education in Israel. Since its establishment, it has trained a large number of outstanding engineers and scientists for Israel and played an important role in promoting the development of Israel’s basic industries and high-tech industries. He was glad to see that BIT sent young scholars to Israel Institute of Technology for further study, and believed that the deepening of the partnership between the two universities would help the cooperation in the field of scientific research.

Many scholars gave keynote presentations in the thematic sessions in the fields of aerospace, mechanical engineering, physics, environment and materials science, respectively, including Prof. Daniel Weihs, a member of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, a foreign member of the American Academy of Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Aerospace Engineering at Technion, Prof. Daniel Rittel, Director of the Center for Mechanics of Materials at Technion, Prof. Yakov Krasik and Prof. Amit Keren of the Department of Physics at Technion, Prof. Varenyam Achal of Environmental Engineering at Guangdong Technion, Zhang Xiangdong, professor of School of Physics, Teng Honghui, professor of School of Astronautics, Zhu Tong and Wei Zhongbao, professors of School of Mechanics and Vehicles, and Ma Zhaolong Associate professor, School of Materials.

The seminar was organized by the Office of International Exchange and Cooperation and hosted by the School of Aerospace Engineering, School of Mechatronical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, School of Physics and the Institute of Advanced Structural Technology. The conference attracted a total of more than 200 students and faculty members from BIT and Technion.

A brief background.

The Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), located in the Israeli seaside city of Haifa, is known as the "MIT of Israel", and Albert Einstein was the first president of the school’s association. three of its professors were awarded Nobel Prizes from 2004 to 2013, and it is ranked 94th in the 2021 ARWU rankings. Since 2013, BIT has sent more than 100 students to Israel Institute of Technology for summer programs. In 2015, the university sent a school-level delegation to visit and sign a school-level student exchange agreement. In 2019, the two universities signed a memorandum of inter-university cooperation.