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.
Group Photo of Macau FDCT Israel Delegation Trip Participants
Photo taken in front of Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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