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The Israel center provides a platform for exchanges between scholars and students from both countries, that serves a leading research center for issues of mutual interest and concern as well as for the study of Sino-Israel relations in a global context from both an academic and policy-relevant vantage point.
The Israel Center is also designed to furnish Chinese and international students with the knowledge and critical skills needed to understand the State of Israel, its politics and the geopolitical development in the Middle East.
The research area include but not be limited to the following areas of mutual interest:
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On July 3.2018, Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) and Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) jointly held an international seminar on "Public Policy and Social Governance in the Context of Urban Renewal". The meeting was a bilateral seminar between Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
Professor Zhong Yang, from School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and professor Tamir Sheafer, School of Social Sciences, HUJ, addressed opening statements, respectively. Subsequently, the representatives of the both parties introduced the basic situation of their respective departments and research centers. Scholars discussed and exchanged views on urban environmental governance, local government and public opinion, urban planning and urban transportation.
Prof. Geng Yong, dean of the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, expounded the relationship between urban circular economy and low-carbon development. Professor Wu Jiannan's theme focused on the impact of government performance evaluation policies and citizen participation on improving environmental performance in China. Dr.Gillad Rosen's theme revolved around renewable urban planning. Professor Zhong Yang gave a detailed case study on urban environmental pollution and street protests in China. Professor Dan Miodownik took Jerusalem as an example to analyze public opinion on urban infrastructure.

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Professor Wang Yu, holds a Doctor Degree from Kyoto University (Japan) in Urban Planning. Prior to working at Shanghai Jiaotong University, she worked as an UN Researcher for United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) and as an urban planner for Urban Planning and Management Bureau of Xian Municipality, China. Her research interests mainly focus on urban governance and regional development. She is Executive Standing Member of Urban Science Institute of Shanghai, member of Senior Expert Committee, Shanghai Association for Science & Technology (SAST), member of City Planning Institute of Japan.
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Dr. Junhua Zhang is currently a Professor of International Relations at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He began to conduct research on Israel and the Middle East in 2009. During Nov 2012-Jan 2013 he worked as a visiting professor at the invitation of the Hebrew University.
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