Chinese Executives to Study Entrepreneurship at TAU

LAHAV Executive Education program to host 1,000 managers from Nanjing

Nanjing and TAU officials sign the accord in the presence of Madame Gao Yanping, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Israel (back row, center)

The LAHAV Executive Education program at Tel Aviv University's Recanati Faculty of Management has signed a five-year agreement with the Chinese city of Nanjing to host 200 senior executives, officials, and entrepreneurs annually to learn about Israeli entrepreneurship and innovation directly from Israel's top experts.

The agreement was signed at a Nanjing Day celebration on the Tel Aviv University campus on May 21, marking 20 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the People's Republic of China. Called "The Night of Nanjing," the celebration included performances by dancers, singers, and acrobats from the Chinese city.

The event was attended by a delegation from the city of Nanjing, headed by the Secretary of CPC Nanjing Municipal Committee Mr. Yang Weize and including Nanjing Mayor Mr. Zhou Qian, Tel Aviv University President Prof. Joseph Klafter, Dean of the Recanati Faculty of Management Prof. Asher Tishler, LAHAV Executive Education Chairman Dr. Michael Angel, and LAHAV CEO Mr. Udi Aharoni, along with academics and leaders of the business community in both public and private sectors.

A unique partnership

"Tel Aviv University is proud to play a focal role in strengthening academic relations between China and Israel," said Prof. Klafter. "The program of studies for senior officials and leading entrepreneurs from the city of Nanjing, the first of its kind at Tel Aviv University, opens opportunities for important academic, scientific and research activities."

In the first program, which began on May 22, students will learn about the special characteristics of the Israeli model and how it supports the creation of global enterprises across the high-tech industry. Participants will meet and learn from leading academics, businessmen and government officials, and they will make on-site visits to notable companies.

This is not the first formal educational agreement between China and Tel Aviv University. In 2007, Tel Aviv University's then-president Itamar Rabinovich and Chinese ambassador to Israel Zhao Jun signed an agreement to establish a Confucius Institute on the TAU campus, the first of its kind to offer classes in Israel. Tel Aviv University boasts the largest faculty of Far Eastern studies in the region. Two hundred TAU students register for Chinese language, history, and culture classes each year.

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