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Advancing Israeli Innovation in China

A new agreement signed by Tel Aviv University and Tsinghua Shenzhen International Global School (TSIGS) will promote technological exchange between the two institutions

A ceremony marking a new cooperation agreement between Tsinghua Shenzhen International Global School (TSIGS), China, and Tel Aviv University was signed last week at TSIGS in the presence of Mr. Chen Rugui, Mayor of Shenzen; TAU President Joseph Klafter; TAU Rector Yaron Oz; and Advisor to the TAU President and Director of Asia Affairs, Ms. Orly Fromer; as well as leading TAU researchers. A second signing ceremony was held at TAU during the visit of a delegation from Shenzen to TAU headed by Mayor Chen Rugui.

The agreement aims to promote collaborative research, startup acceleration and incubation, and business relations between the two institutions. Bridging Tel Aviv and Shenzhen, the center will advance Israeli projects entering the Chinese market, and vice versa. It will serve as a gateway for startups emerging from Ramot, the technology transfer arm of Tel Aviv University and will attract investors for early stage technologies.

The cooperation agreement was first announced at the Third Annual China Israel Innovation Forum (CIIF), held in Shenzhen on November 30-December 1, 2018. The Forum was attended by the three co-chairs of CIIF: President of Tsinghua University and TAU Honorary Doctor Prof. Qiu Yong; Co-founder of Morningside, Chairman of Hang Lung Properties and TAU Honorary Doctor Mr. Ronnie C. Chan; and TAU President Joseph Klafter.  

CIIF is a platform for influential individuals from academia, government, and industry from China and Israel to explore the latest in technological developments and university-driven innovations.

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A unique collaboration for Blockchain Applications at the Coller School of Management

This is a special opportunity for researchers at the Coller School of Management and Tel Aviv University to carry out blockchain and crypto currency research in cooperation with international industry.

The blockchain technology enables secure business activity on the internet and commercial undertakings between various parties, without the necessity for a central managerial entity – this managerial function being replaced by encrypted blocks of information.  A few months ago the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University established the first venture of this kind in Israel – the Hogeg Institute for Blockchain Applications, with the aim of advancing research, teaching and distribution of information in the area of blockchain technology.

As part of the activities of the Institute, a unique collaboration was created when the the Hogeg Institute for Blockchain Applications signed an agreement with the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center to support academic research in the area of blockchain technology and crypto currencies.  The project is being financed by Accelerator Frankfurt GmbH, which leads the Fintech/Blockchain area in Germany and focuses its activities on introducing the digital B2B technologies into the financial sector, in cooperation with Santiment Deutschland, a well-known success story in the area of crypto currencies that provides access to a unique platform for storing data and enables its use for academic research.

Dr Jacob Mendel, Managing Director of the Hogeg Institute for Blockchain Applications explains:  “This is a groundbreaking venture in academic cooperation to advance blockchain research focusing on providing economic and business solutions that will contribute to activity on the cutting edge of international research in which a number of institutions at leading universities throughout the world such as Stanford and Columbia participate.”

Maria Pennanen, CEO of Santiment Deutschland, adds:  “We want to get students and researchers together to analyze and understand the crypto currency market data.  As a first stage, the cooperation will focus on academic work.  We will hold the first academic event in the crypto area, under the title ‘Academia Meets the Market Players’, where we will present our initial findings.”

Ram Shoham, founder of Accelerator Frankfurt:  “It is an honor for us to start this cooperation with the Hogeg Institute for Blockchain Applications.  We believe in caring for the global blockchain eco-system through cooperative ventures and partnerships.”

Prof. Dan Amiram, Associate Dean of the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University and Head of the Hogeg Institute for Blockchain Applications:  “This is a special opportunity for researchers from Tel Aviv University to carry out projects in cooperation with international industry that contends with new challenges and applies the technology in a range of areas of activity.”

Our very best wishes go to the students and researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Coller School of Management who are participating in this special research project in the blockchain and crypto-currency area in cooperation with international industry.

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