8 Technion Miracles

December 23, 2019
Kevin Hattori

Happy Hanukkah! Like the Maccabees in the story of Hanukkah, the Technion has succeeded against all odds. Over the years, it’s put Israel on the map as one of the major innovators and contributors to the betterment the world. In honor of the holiday – and the miracles that occurred during it – here are eight miracles the Technion has accomplished since it was founded more than 100 years ago.

1. Established the first institute of higher learning in Israel.

The Technion was founded in 1912, long before the State of Israel was proclaimed in 1948. Today, there are more than 16,000 students studying there, and the university is at the forefront of innovation in Israel, and around the world.

2. Created technical terminology in Hebrew and a database for multilingual scientific dictionaries.

A special committee of Technion faculty came up with the technical terminology in Israel’s native tongue, as well as published the first multilingual dictionaries of science and technology. These developments ensured that technology and Hebrew could flourish together.

3. Produced ¼ of Israel’s Nobel Prize Laureates in science and more companies on NASDAQ than any other countrybesides the U.S. and China.

One-quarter of Israel’s Nobel Prize Laureates in science are associated with the Technion, and Israel boasts the third-most companies on the NASDAQ. Can you guess who is involved in 70% of them? That’s right: Technion graduates.

4. Launched a satellite – 1 out of 10 universities in the world to do so.

The Technion has influence not only here on Earth, but in space as well. It was one of only 10 universities in the world to build and send a satellite into space—befitting for a school that also launched Israel’s first-ever academic aerospace program.

5. Attracted dozens of multinational companies to Israel.

The Technion plays a crucial role in Israel’s start-up nation culture, which is clear from how many global corporations operate right near the campus. Names like Amazon, Intel, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Qualcomm, Motorola, Yahoo!, Hewlett-Packard, Mars Inc. are only a partial list.

6. Offered the first accredited degree from a foreign institution on U.S. soil, at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute.

The Technion is providing the first accredited degree from a foreign national on U.S. soil, through the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. This partnership with Cornell University was central to the Technion and Cornell being selected as the winner of then-Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative to create an applied sciences institution in NYC.

7. Discovered critical elements on the path to curing cancer, a new form of matter, a device that sniffs diseases, and drip irrigation.

Technion researchers and students have been busy making miracles happen with their groundbreaking discoveries. Take, for instance, NaNose, which is a technology that sniffs your breath to detect diseases such as Parkinson’s and cancer. Technion researchers also came up with the drug Velcade, which fights multiple myeloma, and Raphael Mehoudar, an alum, invented how we do agricultural drip irrigation today.

8. Expanded the path to academic achievement with pre-university programs for ultra-Orthodox and Arab populations.

The Technion provides preparatory training to students who don’t have traditional education backgrounds, so that everyone has a chance to succeed.

Like the candles on the menorah, the Technion works to light up the world. You must admit, a “latke” has certainly been achieved!

For more than a century, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has pioneered in science and technology education and delivered world-changing impact. Proudly a global university, the Technion has long leveraged boundary-crossing collaborations to advance breakthrough research and technologies. Now with a presence in three countries, the Technion will prepare the next generation of global innovators. Technion people, ideas, and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world, innovating in fields from cancer research and sustainable energy to quantum computing and computer science to do good around the world.

The American Technion Society supports visionary education and world-changing impact through the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Based in New York City, we represent thousands of US donors, alumni, and stakeholders who invest in the Technion’s growth and innovation to advance critical research and technologies that serve the State of Israel and the global good. Over more than 75 years, our nationwide supporter network has funded new Technion scholarships, research, labs, and facilities that have helped deliver world-changing contributions and extend Technion education to campuses in three countries.