Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) is a unique collaborative venture between the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and Shantou University in Shantou, Guangdong, China. Established in 2016, GTIIT represents a pioneering effort in international higher education cooperation. This joint institute combines the academic excellence of the Technion, a prestigious Israeli university renowned for its technological and engineering expertise, with the educational resources of Shantou University.

GTIIT offers a multidisciplinary approach to education, with a focus on science, technology, and engineering fields. The collaboration aims to foster innovation, research, and the development of skilled professionals who can contribute to technological advancements and economic growth. While GTIIT may not have an extensive history of global university rankings, its establishment signifies a commitment to providing students with a world-class education that draws on the strengths of both the Israeli and Chinese academic traditions. The institute's emphasis on international collaboration and cutting-edge research positions it as a significant player in the global landscape of higher education.

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📚About the Program

Bachelor’s in Biotechnology and Food Engineering at Guangdong Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Shantou

1. Program Positioning

The BFE Program (named "Biotechnology" according to the MOE catalog) follows the program of the Biotechnology and Food Engineering Faculty of the Technion. The Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering is one of the few faculties worldwide to incorporate areas of biotechnology and food engineering under one combined degree. The faculty has been providing high-level graduate talents that can join both the biotechnology industry (a relatively young industry) and into the food industry.

In order to train highly-skilled engineers in the fields of food and biotechnology, the Program courses cover the content taught by the Technion, providing students a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, and engineering. Students learn traditional and modern topics in the fields of biotechnology and food engineering through core courses and advanced courses, and are exposed to cutting-edge technologies and research fields, and gain rich practical experience.

In 2018, the discipline "Food Science and Engineering" was selected as the Key Discipline. With the strong support of the high-level university construction plan of Guangdong Province, the development of the discipline has been significantly improved, and at the same time, it has also promoted the improvement of the program itself. At the end of 2021, the program was recommended by the Guangdong Education Department as the provincial first-class undergraduate program development site.

2. Talent-cultivation Goal

The program cultivates engineers and technical professionals in the fields of biotechnology and food engineering. Its graduates are able to work in the fields of biotechnology and food and to seek employment in institutions related to food, medicine, cosmetics, environmental protection, or in governmental agencies of food, medicine, agriculture, energy, environment, etc.

Graduates will become competitive engineers, adapt to the biotechnology and food industry in Guangdong Province and greater China, and will also be welcomed by top universities in the world for postgraduate programs.

3. Cultivation Scheme

The total credits of the four-year undergraduate program are 162, including 144.5 credits of program core courses, 7.5 credits of program electives, and 10 GE credits. The scheme is a combination of basic knowledge and advanced theories, as well as a variety of experimental courses to help students hone their practical skills and participate in research projects.

Students must earn 16 credits of MOE courses. All program courses are taught in English.

Students who meet the degree requirements will be awarded a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology and Food Engineering from the Technion, and a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from GTIIT.

4. Course Curriculum

During the first three semesters, all undergraduate students of the program must complete basic science and engineering courses, focusing on mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology. Thereafter, the program offers an interdisciplinary educational plan that includes food engineering, biochemistry, nutrition, molecular biology, biotechnology, and entrepreneurship. Juniors and seniors can take more advanced courses to deepen their expertise and experience, such as Genetics and Advanced Genetic Techniques, Ecological Engineering, Advanced Biomaterials, Agricultural Processing, and relevant research projects. In addition, the program plans to offer other advanced courses such as Tissue Engineering and Synthetic Biology.

The program emphasizes practical lab courses, which take up 30-40% of all course time. All the labs are equipped with the most advanced facilities and equipment to create a high standard of lab teaching environment for students. 

5. Faculty Team

Most of the teachers are from the Technion, and the rest of the teaching and research personnel are recruited globally in accordance with the standards of the Technion. The strength of the faculty team is constantly increasing. All teachers and faculty have rich teaching experience and high academic standards. A considerable number of teachers also have rich experience in industry, education and research. The Program Head has made great achievements in academia, and has been engaged in teaching, scientific research and management for a long time at the Technion. The teachers and faculty have brought unique and novel educational concepts in biotechnology and food engineering, providing an important guarantee for the Program to carry out high-standard and high-demand talent training.

6. Teaching Conditions

The program has brand new teaching and lab facilities with state-of-the-art equipment that can provide each student with an independent lab experience, including general microbiology, food microbiology, and molecular biology labs that allow for complete microbiology and molecular biology experimental processes, characterization, and safety testing that meet international standards; biochemical and food analysis laboratories that allow for complete biochemical and analytical laboratory workflows with equipment for isolation, detection and identification of food and pharmaceutical ingredients and bioactive substances; and a fermentation and downstream processing laboratory with fully adjustable pilot equipment and downstream processors that can provide innovative hands-on laboratory courses on cell expansion and drug and biologics manufacturing. In addition, a large food pilot plant located on the South Campus is nearing completion. The plant is expected to support multi-unit collaboration that is commonly seen in the food industry.

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🏫About Guangdong Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Shantou

The Guangdong Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) is a Sino-foreign cooperative educational institution established by Shantou University (STU) and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology( the Technion) with independent legal status. As the only sino-foreign joint university focusing on science and technology, GTIIT is also acting as the China Campus of the Technion. GTIIT is located in the city of Shantou, Guangdong province.

The Ministry of Education approved GTIIT's formal establishment on December 5, 2016. GTIIT is modeled on the Technion, a leading university in Haifa, Israel and throughout the world.  GTIIT is the flagship program in the cooperation between China and Israel and has been fully supported by the Guangdong Provincial Government, Shantou Municipal Government and Li Ka Shing Foundation. (LKSF)

The vision of GTIIT is to become a world-class international university, conducting cutting-edge research in the fields of science and technology. This research will boost entrepreneurship and technology transfer, and foster a high-tech industrial ecosystem in Shantou and Guangdong Province. GTIIT cultivates pioneering scientists and researchers with innovation power, global vision and humanities.

GTIIT has been listed in the Guangdong High-Level  University Development Program. Four disciplines, including Materials Science and Engineering, Food Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering are listed as key disciplines.

English is GTIIT's language of instruction. GTIIT will be comprised of three colleges: the College of Engineering; the College of Science; and the College of Life Sciences. The goal is to have about 5,000 students eventually. The institute will eventually grant Technion engineering degrees at all levels - Bachelor, Masters, and Ph.D., and maintain the high academic standards of education, research and innovation for which the Technion's Haifa campus is world-renowned. Graduates will receive a GTIIT graduation certificate, degree certificate and Technion degree certificate.

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🏠 Accommodation

You will need to book the accommodation after you have been accepted.

You can choose to live on campus or off campus in private accommodation.

How to book:

  • Make a booking online after you have been accepted (in this case please let us know your choice when you apply).
  • Register when you arrive - its not possible to reserve a room before arriving. You can arrive a few days before and book it
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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

650 RMB

Tuition fee:

15,000 USD per year

60,000 USD in total

📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • Result of International Standard Test (SAT/IB/ACT/A-level/etc)
  • Resume
  • Second Recommendation Letter
  • First Recommendation Letter
  • Medical Examination Form
  • English Language Certificate
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)
  • Personal Statement Letter or Study Plan
  • Your Photograph
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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