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NSFC President Chen Yiyu Visits Israel and Egypt


At the invitation of Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and Egypt Ministry of Scientific Research, a six-member NSFC delegation headed by President Chen Yiyu visited Israel and Egypt from July 25th to August 3rd, 2012.

During the visit to Israel, President Chen met with ISF President Benny Geiger. Both sides exchanged views on basic research in the two countries and recent development of respective foundation. Directors of ISF departments briefed the delegation on ISF’s funding and Israel’s strength in scientific research. Prof. Ruth Armon, President of Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Prof. HanochGutfreund, Chair of ISF Executive Committee, Mr. Moshe Vigdor, Director General of the Council for Higher Education and the Planning and Budgeting Committee, attended the meeting. The delegation also visited Hebrew University, Haifa University and Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute.

During the visit to Egypt, President Chen met with Prof. MagedSherbiny, Assistant Minister of Egypt Ministry of Scientific Research and President of Academy of Scientific Research Technology (ASRT). Both sides reviewed the cooperation between NSFC and ASRT and discussed the possibilitiesof establishing cooperation mechanism between NSFC and  Egypt Science and Development Fund (STDF). The two sides agreed to further deepen the understanding and strengthenexchanges between the scientific communities of the two countries and promote substantial cooperation in relevant areas. President Chen also met with Prof.Mohamed Abdel Motaleb, Vice Minister of Egypt Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation so as to learn about the status of water resources management in the country, especially the impact of the Aswan Dam on downstream ecological environment and agriculture.The Egyptian host expressed the hope to beef up the cooperation in the areas like farmland and water conservancy management and desalination of sea water. President Chen also visited the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) and met with Dr. Nadia NakramEbeid, Executive Director of the Center. The two sides held extensive discussions on Africa water resources management. Dr. Ebeid wished China could participate in the research in this area. Apart from the meetings, NSFC delegation also took this opportunity to make a trip to Aswan High Dam and had a meeting with the Dam Authority and learned details about the dam design, construction and the functioning of its water conservancy facilities.

The delegation members also include Prof. Changqing, Director General, Bureau of International Cooperation, Prof. Han Zhiyong, Prof. Yu Zhenliang, Prof. LengShuying and Mr. Zhao Chuang.

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