In 2017, Technion inaugurated two new campuses outside of Israel – Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in China and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in the United States. Two years later, both campuses are thriving.
At Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) in Shantou, China, plans are already underway to expand the campus, programs and student body. Since the current site, known as North Campus, is being fully utilized, a new South Campus is being built across the road. South Campus will be four times as large as North Campus and, altogether, GTIIT is expected to enroll 2,600 students by 2026. The first stage of this four-year project will be ready by July 2020, and will enable GTIIT to open additional academic tracks, in addition to a large library, more dorms and other advanced facilities. GTIIT currently offers BSc degrees in three tracks: Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Biotechnology Engineering. It has 22 first-rate faculty members from all over the world and 480 students, 28% of whom are women. Admissions requirements are stringent and comparable to those of Technion’s International School. Applicants must have top grades in their high-school matriculation exams; must be proficient in English; and are required to pass an interview.
“GTIIT is a university full of possibilities. Even though it is difficult, we love this university and we love to study here.” – Yang Yifan, GTIIT
GTIIT is proud of the fact that 100% of its research funding requests have been accepted. Indeed, its scientists have already received prestigious research grants from competitive research foundations. Moreover, Guangdong’s Provincial Government recently approved GTIIT as one of the province’s four leading universities. As a result of this status, GTIIT was able to apply for $10 million grants for teaching and research in each of four disciplines. GTIIT was also granted the right to participate in the founding of key semi-industrial labs in Guangdong Province. Twenty research proposals were submitted, totaling $80 million in grants.
“we can learn different cultures from professors from different countries, and discuss different topics with professors, not limited to our studies.” – Yang Yifan