一開始得知有機會參加「澳門科學技術發展基金以色列科技考察團」,我的心情既興奮又緊張。興奮是有機會到別國見識,緊張是以色列這個地方在新聞上聽得多,但畢竟去過的朋友少,因此得到的資訊也比較少。到底這個地方治安如何?有什麼要注意的?我們會參觀什麼地方呢?一切隨着旅程的展開慢慢得到答案。

在出發前約一星期,感謝澳門科學技術發展基金在出發前為我們所有參加者準備了簡介會,讓我們清楚知道整個行程會參觀的地方,包括多所世界排名靠前的大學和科技中心,其中更有不少諾貝爾獎得主出自當中的大學。加上在簡介會上知道除了澳門大學外,還有來自其他大專院校和業界的參加者,令我的心情增添了一份期待。

2016年3月14日,終於到出發的日子了!我們一行三十多人先在港澳碼頭集合再坐船出發到香港機場。到了香港機場後發生的事可是一般不會遇到的。航空公司的職員帶我們走特別通道,因為我們在上機前需要先面試。這還是頭一次遇到的事,不過因為事前簡介會有提到,而且是為了我們的安全著想,所以還好沒有特別緊張。這個機前面試亦為整個旅程拉開序幕。

經過約12小時的機程,我們終於到達本次行程第一個目的地─以色列的經濟中心特拉維夫市,亦開始了在當地的參觀。一連六天的行程相當緊密豐富,共參觀了四所大專院校(包括以色列理工學院、希伯來耶路撒冷大學、特拉維夫大學及魏茨曼科學研究學院),以及孵化器SOSA中心。每間大專院校及中心都非常熱情的接待我們,還安排了教授和負責人為我們做講解介紹,尤其重點介紹以科學技術進行創業的部分。研究學術與業界發展間的連繫向來都是值得深究的問題。他們成功的創業經驗與所行過的路都是我們很好的借鑑。以色列人很有智慧和堅毅,當中他們有一句說話使我印像很深刻,大意是:「我們不害怕失敗,這項目失敗了,我就發展另一個項目;我們沒有輸掉什麼,反而蠃得了經驗。」我不由得偑服他們的這種思想。我能清楚的感受到他們為自己,為自己的項目,為自己的學校而感到驕傲。我覺得這在研究上是最重要的,是研究的靈魂。

另外,在各大學及機構的研發項目上,我深深體會到以科技推動生活這句說話。有大學甚至擁有自己的綠色建築大樓,大樓設計奇特,並採用先進研發出來的環保技術,做到節能減排,並在裏面進行各方面相關的研究。而且他們不但科技上做環保工作,大樓的天台更是個空中小花園。不過與其說是花園,還不如說是個種植場,因為這裏種植了各種多肉植物。這使喜歡盆栽種植的我嘆為觀止。除此之外,讓我嘆為觀止的還有一個個成功創業的例子。行程中部份大學及機構安排了成功的年輕創業家與我們對話。讓我驚訝的不是他們賺了多少的錢,或成立了市值多少的公司;而是他們所開發的項目及產品,很多均包含在大學中所學到的內容,當中亦不乏我就讀的電機及電腦工程方面的專業知識。容許我班門弄斧一下,經濟學上有句名言:「有需求就有供給。」故此,這些項目能夠成功創業(供給),皆因其是為解決實質問題(需求)而存在的,以學術知識為基礎,能做到真正的「學以致用」,回饋社會,造福大眾。從而可見,科技知識解決問題,更推動生活的改善。

短短幾天的訪問參觀行程,很快就結束了。我希望自己可以用更多時間去認識這個地方。大會在最後安排了世界遺產及文化古蹟參觀,使我們從多角度了解以色列,讓我更佩服他們。他們在歷史上被迫離開家園,然而他們的信仰,他們的智慧,使他們得以保存下來,重回自己的家鄉。我們參觀的地方包括馬薩達(猶太人的聖地,世界遺產之一)及耶路撒冷古城,遊走在古蹟及古老街道中,聽着導遊的講解,彷彿坐上了時光機,感受着歷史對這地方的洗禮和深厚的文化底蘊。旅途當中也安排了死海的行程,讓我們體驗在死海飄浮的快感。身處幾乎一望無際的死海,望着蔚藍的天空,正好消解舟車勞頓的疲勞,也可輕鬆安靜地回顧旅程中的點滴。

最後,要感謝澳門科學技術發展基金及澳門大學,讓我有機會參與本次以色列之旅,大開眼界,擴闊視野。

總結來說,本次旅程讓我見識到以色列科技,大學及創業的發展,對我有很大的啓發,我希望自己也能有足夠的智慧和毅力去面對未來的挑戰。

Starting from the time I heard that I have the opportunity to join the “FDCT Israel Delegation Trip”, my emotion is filled with excitement and anxiety. I am excited since I can have the chance to learn and experience in other country, but I am anxious since “Israel” often appears in news, but there are rarely any friends going that I can obtain limited information only. How is its public security? What should we pay attention at? Where will we visit? The answers reveal as the trip goes on.

Thanks to Macao Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT), a briefing is arranged for all participants around one week before the trip. The briefing helps to let us know more about the trip and the places that we are going to visit, including several top-ranked universities and associations. Furthermore, there are Nobel Prize winners that come from some of the universities. Moreover, I know from the briefing that there are also participants from other schools and industries. This let me expect the trip to come soon.

On 14th March 2016, the trip begins! A total of more than thirty participants assembly first at Macao Ferry Terminal and head to Hong Kong International Airport. What happens afterwards is one that I have not encountered before. The crews of flight company took us through special tunnel since we need to be interviewed first. Fortunately this has already been introduced in the FDCT briefing, and that the interview is for our security and safety, I am not that nervous. This interview also signify the beginning of this memorable trip.

After around 12 hours on aero plane, we finally arrive at the first destination of this trip---Tel Aviv, and our trip at Israel begins. The six-day trip is filled up with many schedules, including Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science and Yeda, as well as SOSA. Every institute, university and association does reception with enthusiasm, and has arranged professors and person in charge to deliver us presentation and brief introduction, especially on the introduction about technology entrepreneurship. The relationship between academic research and industry has always been an interesting question and worth further discussions. Their successful experiences are very good examples for us. Israelis are intelligent and have strong mind. I am highly impressed by one of their words. The meaning is like “We are not afraid of failure. This project fails, I can go into another project. We do not lose anything, instead we gain experiences.” I really appreciate them for this thought. I can strongly feel that they are proud of themselves, proud of their project, and proud of their school. This is extremely important in research, and is the soul of research.

Besides, I can also deeply feel that technology pushes forwards lives. One of the universities own its green building, with special fantastic appearance, in which new environmental protection techniques are applied, and relevant researches are done inside. Not only is the environmental technique being done technically, but there is a “sky-garden” on the roof, with lots of succulent plants. As a plant lover, this is an amazing scene for me. Besides this, there are also other thing that is amazing to me, that is, the many successful entrepreneurship examples. Some universities and associations have arranged successful young entrepreneurs to talk and discuss with us. What amazes me is not how much money they have gained, or how much money does their companies worth. The thing that most amazes me is that they are actually applying the knowledge learnt from school and university, some of them are even basic knowledge that I have learnt from my major Electrical and Computer Engineering. Though I am not really good at economics, I know there is a famous saying “Where there is demand there will be supply”. In fact, this entrepreneur project (supply) can be established successfully because they are trying to solve real problems (demand) in the society. They are really applying the basic knowledge to benefit the society, and to benefit all people. It is then not difficult to see: Technological knowledge solves problems, enhances lives, and pushes forward lives.

The short trip ends quickly. I wish I can have more time to understand Israel. By the end of the trip, site visit to world heritages and cultural monuments are arranged so that we can learn more about this place. I really admire Israelis, although they are forced to leave their homeland, but their religion, their intelligence let them survive and return back. Our site visit include Masada (Holy Land of Jews, World Heritage) and Old City of Jerusalem, while walking on the old street, listening to the introduction by the tourist guide, I got on the time travel machine, and can feel what history has done and the strong cultural tradition of this place. A short stay at Dead Sea is also arranged and let us experience the fantastic feeling of floating at Dead Sea water. Floating at Dead Sea, looking at the great blue sky, I feel relaxed and can taste every single moment of this trip.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank FDCT and University of Macau for offering me a great chance to broaden my view in Israel.

To conclude, I have learnt more about the technology, as well as development of the university and entrepreneurship of Israel. These experiences can inspire me, and I hope that I can be intelligent and strong enough to face every challenge in the future.



參與澳門科學技術發展基金的以色列考察團團員合照

Group Photo of Macau FDCT Israel Delegation Trip Participants



劉景榮學生 在耶路撒冷希伯來大學前拍照留念

Photo taken in front of Hebrew University of Jerusalem