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On “Nanjing Day,” 21 May 2013, TAU LAHAV Executive Education, in cooperation with the Consul General of Israel in Shanghai and in accord with the educational entity representing the city of Nanjing, signed an agreement that stipulates that the city of Nanjing will send a total of 1,000 program participants over a five-year period – to study in Tel Aviv. The first “Sci-Tech & Innovation Program” launched the next day, when senior Chinese officials from Jiangsu Province came to TAU to learn about the unique characteristics of Israeli entrepreneurship and innovation, and how they support the creation of global enterprises in various hi-tech fields. This was the first time a Chinese delegation participated in a special executive development program in Israel. Chinese organizations usually send their senior officials to study in the USA or Singapore. The members of the Nanjing delegation chose TAU to learn first-hand from the entrepreneurs and innovators who bring the Israeli model to life. Informal meetings were added to the agenda in order to jumpstart relevant bi-national conversations and activate the guanxi – a basic dynamic in personalized networks of influence, and a central idea in Chinese society.

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