On Friday afternoon, 24th February 2017, SCFA, the Institute of Advanced Studies, (NTU), Chui Huay Lim Club and Federations of Chinese School Alumni Associations organized a Talk on the achievements of Shantou University (STU) and the newly established Guangong-Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT). The speaker was Prof Niu Xiaodong, Head of Department of Mechatronics Engineering in Shantou University. SCFA President Phua Kok Khoo chaired the Talk.
Prof Niu introduced the achievements of STU since its founding in year 1981. Unlike other public universities in China, STU was led by the University Council and had spearheaded a series of reformations, in pursuit of gearing up international connections with overseas in both academic and administrative areas. In September 2013, STU signed a cooperative agreement with the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, in setting up the GTIIT. The proposal was approved by the Ministry of Education in year 2015, and kick started the foundation ceremony in December 2016. The joint institution will import the Technion model into China, focus on creating synergy among education, research and innovation sectors, and hence to boost the technology development, and to speed up the transformation from education and research area into production. The Talk attracted more than 120 audiences.