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An MOU for collaboration on an unprecedented scale was signed between Tel Aviv University and the elite Tsinghua University in China


Under the MOU, a unique joint research center will be established and named the XIN Center.XIN will recruit the best minds in Israel and China as well as the rest of world, and will include input from academia and industry in creating projects that will meet mutual national challenges.


In the framework of the XIN project, an investment fund will be established to seed ventures initiated by XIN Fellows. The fund of 100 million RMB will be set up by Infinity Group. Investors in the fund will include the Beijing government and alumni of Tsinghua University.


Professor Joseph Klafter, President of Tel Aviv University, and Professor Chen Jining, President of Tsinghua University, signed an MOU for collaboration on an unprecedented scale in Beijing, China (on Tuesday, September 10, 2013), in the presence of Israel Ambassador to China, Mr. Matan Vilnai, and leaders of the Israeli business community in Beijing.


According to the MOU, Tel Aviv University and Tsinghua University will pursue a strategic cooperation in innovative research and education for the mutual benefit of both institutions and nations. The two universities intend to co-establish a unique joint center, named the XIN Center, as an international hub for scientific and technical innovation. XIN ("new" in Chinese) will advance interdisciplinary research, provide optimal conditions for creativity, and promote activity in fields that can truly impact society in both countries and the entire world.


The research center will initially focus on fields which enjoy accelerated development both in Israel and in China such as nanotechnology, but in time it will expand to other fields of science.  The Center will aspire to provide an answer to grand challenges and its projects will work toward combining forces with the high-tech industry.


When excellence meets innovation

The XIN Center will aim to recruit the top research students in the two countries as well as the rest of world.  It will encourage innovation among students by giving them optimal conditions to create, develop and leverage their ideas in various areas of technology and science.  The finest researchers will serve as instructors and mentors to the research students, and help them develop promising projects.

The joint research center will recruit leading international researchers. The preeminence of the human capital and resources that will be available to the XIN Center will win academic recognition internationally and partnerships with the technology industry in both countries.


Prof. Klafter noted that this is an exceptionally important agreement, opening new horizons for Israel and Israeli society.  According to Prof. Klafter, the establishment of the XIN Center is evidence of the considerable esteem in which the Chinese hold Israeli innovation and the high academic standards of Tel Aviv University.

President Chen of Tsinghua University expressed the readiness of his institution to work with Tel Aviv University to push forward cross-disciplinary research and explore ways to answer global challenges. The president stressed the importance of cultivating innovative future scientists and leaders. He also noted that Tsinghua University will give full support to the XIN Center and make its due contribution to the global development of innovative research and education.


The Chief Scientist of the Israeli Ministry of Economy, Mr. Avi Hasson, noted that the cooperation agreement is an excellent model for multifaceted collaboration in our modern technological world between academic institutions and industry on an international level. "I want to congratulate all parties involved and wish upon them a fruitful and successful collaboration."

Participating in the ceremony were also Mr. Amir Gal-Or, managing partner of Infinity Group, and Dr. Chen Lichtenstein, President and CEO of China National Agrochemical Corporation (CNAC).

Captions to attached photos:

Ceremony1- Professor Joseph Klafter, President of Tel Aviv University, and Professor Chen Jining, President of Tsinghua University at the signing ceremony

Ceremony2- Professor Joseph Klafter, President of Tel Aviv University, and Professor Chen Jining, President of Tsinghua University, at the back: Matan Vilnai, Israel's ambassador to China and Dr. Avi Hasson Chief Scientist at the signing ceremony

Photo credit: Chang Zhidong


Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality is launching a digital revolution as part of the city's over-all strategic plan to position Tel Aviv as the Startup City - a hub of innovation and creativity.
Free Wifi will be available in 80 different locations city-wide, and will serve residents and visitors to the city.  These locations include the beach, entertainment centers and more tourist attractions. 20 of the locations have been suggested by the residents of the city via the municipal Facebook page.
The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality will be one of the first in the world to launch such a project.

 The digital revolution includes:
*Digi-Tel city card: the new city card grants personalized discounts by categorizing the Tel Aviv resident: each resident that signs up for the service will be able to receive notifications regarding their residential area in Tel Aviv, and discounts in accordance to the resident's fields of interest.
* Digital communication with the residents of the city: a mobile application that will advance all residential communication with the municipality to the digital era. Soon residents will be able to pay municipal taxes using this app, receive their parking permit via the app etc.
* Sophisticated GIS maps system with numerous layers of information essential to the residents and visitors of the city such as public institutions, synagogues, public restrooms, parks etc.

* Development of mobile applications using the city's databases: the Municipality opened dozens of databases to the public in order to improve the public's access to information. Seventy-two apps were recently created based on these databases, covering many aspects of urban life.

Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: "The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo is a leader in innovation and in trailblazer thinking. As a Municipality we facilitate this and encourage an innovative approach in various fields. The city WiFi we are launching today will enable the city's visitors and residents to enjoy free surfing throughout the city."

Alon Solar, city council member and initiator of the project: "The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo continues to be an attractive environment of innovative initiatives. In our communications era, free access to internet is a basic service. This is another step at positioning Tel Aviv of the 21st century in one line with other global cities."
Attached are pictures of the 600 colorful umbrellas hung above the boulevard to welcome the Wifi cloud.
View a map of the various WiFi spots across the city:




MAD: Marketing, Advertising, Digital and Communications  
July 17th, 2012 | Wednesday At David InterContinental Hotel , Tel Aviv


The conference will  exposed  brands index of "Globes" in 2013
The conference will discuss future areas of marketing, advertising, media, mobile and web and strategies that will determine the changing media space



Medical Marathon : 36 Surgeries in 72 Hours


An orthopedic surgery marathon was held recently in the city of Loja in southern Ecuador; 37 adults and children were operated on over 4 days. The procedures were performed by an international medical delegation that included nurses, physiotherapists, and three surgeons; among them was Professor Marc Edelman, Director of the Pediatric Orthopedic Unit at Rambam Health Care Campus.

Hundreds of patients, children and adults, sought their help. “When we arrived at Loja University Hospital we saw long lines of patients waiting for us,” Dr. Edelman shares. “A few months before our arrival the hospital announced we were coming…close to 700 people came to see us.” The hospital staff selected the 150 most urgent cases for examinations. Of these, the team performed surgery on a few dozen patients.


The visit to Ecuador was sponsored by a California-based volunteer organization “Operation Rainbow.” Each month they send surgeons to different countries in Latin America where there is a lack of knowledge, equipment, and medical personnel.

The medical team worked from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm every day for four days providing surgery and other treatments. Many patients came from villages 500 kilometers away. “These people had no other choice but to come to us. There is no one else to treat them,” says Prof. Edelman. “I also met several patients whom I had treated last year; they came for checkups and ongoing treatments. These people were not the ones I remembered from last year—these people had regained their lives."

Greetings from the Roman Empire!   A Section of an 1,800 Year Old Road was Exposed in Jerusalem

According to the excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “This is the first time we have encountered such a finely preserved section of the road in Jerusalem”. The road was exposed within the framework of an IAA archaeological excavation prior to the installation of a drainage pipe by the Moriah Company.