Jewish Times Asia March 2015
Israel Thai Development agencies start cooperation
Li Ka Shing Foundation sponsors students to Israel he Techcracker Lab’s study T organised by the Li Ka Shing Foundation (LKSF) and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, provided a unique opportunity for well over 100 students and teachers from Hong Kong to visit Israel in January for a four day trip.
Israel’s Ambassador to Thailand Simon Roded centred with course participants
The first joint Israeli-Thai course for crop production to third party countries started in February at the Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen campus. Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Development Cooperation Program, between Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) and Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) signed in 2014, the “Greenhouse Crop Production and Management” workshop will provide support capacity for participants in countries in-
cluding Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The workshop was jointly conducted by Israeli and Thai experts. In attendance was Dr. Ityel Eviatar, Crop Research and Extension, Research and Development Negev and Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Asst. Proffesor. Dr. Thammasak Thongket, Head of Horticulture Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen Campus. The workshop combined both theory and practice adapted to the local conditions of Southeast Asian countries.
The students were in the country to share Israel’s start-up eco system and the connection between academy and high tech industry. They also had an opportunity to experience culture and sightseeing during their stay.
Israel’s Consul General to Hong Kong Sagi Karni and Mr Li Ka Shing saw off the student delegation trip at the airport on 8 January. The students were pleasantly surprised to see Mr Li Ka-shing and the Consul General as they departed. Mr Li encouraged the students to “observe, think, have fun and take care of each other.” The Techcracker Lab programme is designed around the Hebrew word “chutzpah”, which means fearless and auda-
Li Ka-shing and Sagi Karni with the students at the airport
cious, and epitomizes the dedication, vigor, and tremendous success of the Israeli start-up community. The students not only will have the chance to experience the success story of the “Start-up Nation”, they will also participate in the Caliber programme, which offers them a one-day crash course on Israel anti-terrorism training. In addition, the students will also spend some time on learning survival skills and nomad living in the desert to dial up their experience in self-reliance and entrepreneurial culture of Israel. The programme also
includes a visit to Masada and the Dead Sea and meetings with founders of local tech start-ups as well as a visit to the Technion campus In 2012 a joint venture was set up between Technion – Israel Institute of Technology – and Shantou University (STU) to build a new academic facility in Guangdong Province. This was partly facilitated by a US$130 million grant from the LKSF, the largest ever to the Technion, and one of the most generous in the history of Israeli higher education.
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