Israeli Consul General of Shanghai Dr. Eyal Propper visits Westlake University

Since its establishment, Westlake University has attracted wide attention from social organizations, the media, businesses and governments from around the world. With ambitious goals and an open-minded attitude, the university has reached out and embraced the global community. On July 5, 2018, Dr. Eyal Propper, the Israeli Consul General of Shanghai, and his delegation visited Westlake University. Tian XU, Westlake University’s Vice President and Chair Professor of Genetics, welcomed the delegation.

Dr. Eyal Propper viewing the Westlake University campus model


Professor Xu explained to the visitors why Westlake University is special in terms of education philosophy, governance system, funding, and other important aspects. He underlined that Westlake University emphasizes internationality but also integrates Chinese cultural values. The university is innovating higher education as well as research by ensuring academic freedom, encouraging new ideas, and fostering interdisciplinarity. Tian XU pointed out that the university is governed by the president under the guidance of a board of trustees which is not common in China. The university focuses on science and technology, but plans to gradually extend its academic programs to arts and humanities, social science, and other subjects.

Dr. Eyal Propper chatting with Professor Tian Xu


Consul General Propper thanked Professor Xu for the warm welcome and expressed his excitement about Westlake University. They continued to discuss challenges and opportunities regarding world-class talent recruitment, institution building, talent cultivation, and fostering innovation and critical thinking.


Dr. Eyal Propper and Professor Tian Xu exchange gifts


Professor Xu mentioned that the university is established in the context of the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up, and as a vanguard in the reform of the higher education system in China, still has a long way to go. There are similarities and complementary differences in talent cultivation between China and Israel. Tian XU highlighted that the university encourages students to innovate, think independently, and grow by being exposed to cultural diversity. Hopefully, the university will have professors and students from Israel working and studying side by side with us at Westlake in the future. Dr. Propper responded that, higher education in China records a leapfrog progress. Chinese universities are already equipped with advanced research facilities which is the hardware of research, whereas talented professors and students reflect the software of research. Israel welcomes members of Westlake University and encourages further strengthening of the bonds and establishing collaborations between Westlake University and institutions in Israel.