In 1912, the cornerstone was laid for the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. It was the first institution of higher learning established in then Palestine, and it showed an understanding, even then, that the success of the Jewish state-to-be would depend heavily on its ability to innovate through technology; that the country’s only significant natural resource was the brainpower of its people.
Fast-forward 100 years, and see how astonishingly that vision has been realised. Today, Israel is one of the technology powerhouses of the world – the ‘start-up nation’. And where do the majority of those talented people and great ideas start? At the Technion.
Consider these facts:
The Technion has earned a global reputation for its pioneering work in nanotechnology, life sciences, stem-cell technology, water management, sustainable energy, information technology, biotechnology, materials engineering and aerospace. It is also one of only five similar institutes worldwide that include a medical school, encouraging rapid progress in biotechnology, drug development, and stem-cell technology.
As Israel’s centre for high-tech education and research, the Technion is central to the nation’s economic progress. As the premier institute of its kind in the region, Technion breakthroughs can benefit all the nations of the Middle East. As a world-class research university, the Technion helps advance the frontiers of science and technology to benefit people around the world.