Chinese academic delegation visits Jerusalem college to explore science, technology

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The Jerusalem College of Technology hosted a delegation of senior officials from the Chengdu Science and Technology Bureau in China; here, they visit the school's Beit Midrash, August 2019. Credit: Jerusalem College of Technology.

“This is something you don’t see anywhere else. Full-time engineering students who also spend several hours a day studying a 1,500-year-old text in small print. China has no such thing,” said one of the visitors.

(September 11, 2019 / JNS)

The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) hosted a delegation of senior officials this week from the Chengdu Science and Technology Bureau in China. The purpose of the visit was to explore potential collaborations in technology and development between JCT and academic institutions in China.

Guests met with JCT vice president Stuart Hershkowitz, together with Tami Kfir, vice president and head of the Israel Office for the Chengdu-Israel Incubator, and learned about the college’s 50-year history as one of Israel’s leading academic institutions in science and technology, as well as its flagship areas of research and development.

Delegation members made a stop at the Beit Midrash and saw hundreds of students studying Talmud.

One of the visitors expressed admiration: “This is something you don’t see anywhere else. Full-time engineering students who also spend several hours a day studying a 1,500-year-old text in small print. China has no such thing. I heard that studying the Talmud develops the brain and wonder if it helps students when they are immersed in their engineering and tech studies.”

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