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Technion Ranked #7 in Tech CEOs!
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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:44


Technion is among top 10 of universities whose graduates are CEOs of major high-tech companies

The Bloomberg financial news network has released a new university ranking: "Top 10 Colleges for Tech CEOs" of companies worth $1 billion or more. The Technion is tied for 7th place with three other American universities; Technion is the only university outside the United States placed in the top 10.

If you’re a Technion graduate, you have a good chance of becoming the CEO of a top technology company, according to a new university ranking released by Bloomberg Financial News network last weekend. The ranking was based on the academic backgrounds of 250 CEOs of leading U.S. technology companies with a net worth of over one billon dollars each. 

Topping the list is Princeton, Harvard and Stanford. Technion shares seventh place, with MIT, Rice University and the University of Texas (Austin); it is the only university outside of the United States to place in the top ten.

Bloomberg: “Israel is now home to one of the world's top tech hubs, and Technion is where many of the country's brightest go to train. To prove its commitment to technology, the school is collaborating with Cornell on a plan to build a $2 billion tech campus and startup incubator on New York City's Roosevelt Island.”

As an example of a tech CEO who is a Technion alumnus, Bloomberg  mentions David Reis, the CEO of Stratasys, which manufactures 3D printers. Mr. Reis previously headed Objet, a 3D print technology company based in Rehovot, Israel, and when Stratasys and Objet merged in 2012, he was appointed CEO of the merged company, which maintains its operation in Israel, with nearly 300 employees. Overall, Stratasys employs over 1,500 people worldwide, with a market value of $1.4 billion.  

In response to the Bloomberg ranking, Technion President, Professor Peretz Lavie, said: “The high ranking given to Technion by the Bloomberg network and the complimentary ranking of Technion by the University of Shanghai are further indications of our university’s high academic level and its prominent status in the world. About a quarter of Technion graduates hold senior management positions. Technion has played a pivotal role in transforming Israel to a start-up powerhouse.”

  • For the full release by Bloomberg Financial News network click here
  • For a listing of the top ten universities click here



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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:48
Technion–Guangdong Institute of Technology.
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Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:40




Historic moment in the life of the Technion ... Find below a letter from the President of the Technion, followed by a Press Release.



Dear friends and members of the Technion worldwide family,

I am delighted to announce that the Technion and China's Shantou University have agreed to establish the Technion-Guangdong Institute of Technology (TGIT).

This landmark collaboration was made possible by a $130 million donation to the Technion by the charitable foundation of prominent Hong Kong entrepreneur and philanthropist Mr. Li Ka-shing, combined with a strategic investment of RMB 900 million (approximately $150 million) by the Guangdong Province to develop and operate the new institute - for an overall total of about $280 million. Moreover, a technological park will be built in close proximity to the TGIT campus, that will serve as a bridgehead for Israeli companies interested in the Chinese market.

The $130 million gift by the Li Ka Shing Foundation will be allocated to strengthening the Technion's home campus in Haifa, for the benefit of our students and researchers. This remarkable donation is the single largest gift ever to the Technion, and one of the most generous ever received by an Israeli institution.

A number of leading universities from the U.S., U.K. and Australia have already launched academic programs in China, but the Technion is the first university whose China campus and operation will be fully funded by Chinese resources.

The Technion project in Guangdong is fully aligned with the policy of recent Israeli governments that have devoted much attention and efforts to broaden and strengthen Israel - China relations at all levels. The Israeli Council of Higher Education has declared the development of academic collaborations with China a strategic goal and has even allocated resources for scholarships to Chinese students coming to study in Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu visited China in May of this year and has signed a number of commercial cooperation agreements. During and after his visit, both PM Netanyahu and his Chinese hosts have given their enthusiastic blessing to additional collaboration agreements between the two countries.

The idea for the Technion-Shantou collaboration first arose during a meeting I had with Mr. Li Ka-shing about two years ago, and evolved over time through intense negotiations that were carried out successfully by Senior Executive Vice President Prof. Paul Feigin, Executive Vice President & Director General Prof. Arnon Bentur (who founded the Technion International School), and Vice President for External Relations and Resource Development Prof. Boaz Golany. All three worked closely with their colleagues from Shantou University on the detailed planning of the new institute.

We are proud that Mr. Li Ka-shing, the wealthiest man in Asia and a visionary entrepreneur who has made a major contribution to Israel's economy through his successful and diverse investments, has chosen the Technion as his partner for this historic undertaking.

With this agreement the Technion has taken another major step forward in our quest to become one of the top leading science and technology universities in the world. Together with our partnership with Cornell in the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute in New York City, and other strategic international collaborations, the Technion has become a world renowned powerhouse in science, technology and innovation - and this is manifesting itself east and west.

The Technion-Guangdong Institute of Technology will grant undergraduate and graduate Technion degrees, with studies beginning in the fall of 2014 in the field of civil and environmental engineering. TGIT faculty will be recruited partly from Shantou University, and others, from top universities around the world, will be identified by a search committee. All faculty, as well as post-doctoral fellows, will be trained at the Technion in Haifa. The degrees awarded by TGIT will be Technion diplomas, and all academic aspects will be governed by the Technion academic authorities to ensure that the curriculum and standards are equivalent to those at the Technion in Israel. Students will initially study at the Technion International School in Haifa until the campus is completed in Shantou.

The framework agreement for the establishment will soon be brought for the approval of the Technion's and Chinese statutory authorities.

Yesterday, as I signed this historic memorandum of understanding in the presence of Mr. Li Ka-shing, the Israeli Minister of Science and the Governor of Guangdong Province, I was reminded once again of you, Technion friends around the world, whose decades of generosity, friendship and hard work have built an institution on the slopes of Mt. Carmel in Israel that has become a beacon of knowledge and innovation, and a powerful magnet for visionary leaders and philanthropists the world over.


Peretz Lavie


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Raising Funds to Support Ory Rosanne Six in her Exchange Research Program
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Monday, 28 January 2013 10:55


The Technion Society of the Netherlands (TSN) has decided to establish a scholarship fund in order to help students achieve their academic research goals in Israel and in the Netherlands. Students have to face many obstacles when deciding to go to another university to do their research projects. For this reason, the TSN will try to raise funds in order to support housing and research expenses for students going to the Technion and vice versa.

Ory Six

Our first student is Ory, a bright and dynamic personality with diplomas in diverse fields of sciences. Currently studying towards her “Biomedical Image Sciences” master degree, she is considering conducting her research on the field of MRI physics at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology with Associate Professor Haim Azhari. Professor Haim Azhari has also visited the Netherlands in the context of the multidimensional cooperation between Israel and the Netherlands.

Ory concluded her bachelor studies in “Physics and Astronomy” with “Cum Laude” (with distinction), while attending a BA program in “Theology” simultaneously. It is greatly obvious that she has already proven her capability to handle multiple tasks with profound effectiveness. She also volunteered to assist in the day-care centre at Kleinkrantz of South Africa and, two years later, she taught English to locals at La Potenciana of Costa Rica. The magic picture of her character can be supported by her decision to coach and tutor Havo 5 students that diagnosed with PDD NOS (one of the three autism spectrum disorders and also one of the five disorders classified as a pervasive developmental disorder).

In TSN, we perceive that kindly-hearted, eager-to-learn and highly motivated students like Ory Rosanne Six should be treated with generosity, in terms of help, and we would like to express our unprejudiced support for her academic research interests and dreams that might come true in the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

In order to help Ory, people interested in supporting this initiative can:





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