Here are the top Universities in Israel for those interested in studying in this modern technically developed country. During the 70 years since the independence, Israel has developed to a country leader in knowledge, high-tech and innovation, earning the name as “The Start Up Nation”
Regardless of which is your field of interest, you’ll find in Israel the right university or college for you.
Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
Established in 1912 under the Ottoman Empire and more than 35 years before the State of Israel, the Technion is the oldest university in the country. As the name implies it offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management and education.
Among the members of its 565 faculty, there are three Nobel Prize Laureates in chemistry. This institution has been cited as one of the factors behind the growth of Israel's high-tech industry and innovation.
Universities in Israel
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
This second oldest university in Israel, established in 1918, has three campuses, two in Jerusalem and one in Rehovot, the Faculty of Agriculture.
It has five affiliated teaching hospitals, including the Hadassah Medical Center, seven faculties, more than 100 research centers, and 315 academic departments. A third of all the doctoral candidates in Israel are studying at the Hebrew University.
Eight researchers and alumni of the University received the Nobel Prize, one was awarded the Fields Medal, and another the Turing Award.
Weizmann Institute of Science
Located in my hometown of Rehovot, the Weizmann Institute is a public research university, established in 1934. This university offers only graduate and post-graduate degrees mainly in the natural and exact sciences.
This is a multidisciplinary research center, with around 2,500 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. and M.Sc. students, and scientific, technical, and administrative staff working there.
Three Nobel laureates and three Turing Award laureates have been associated with the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Universities in Israel
It is located in the city of Ramat Gan, and was established in 1955. It has grown to be Israel’s second largest academic institution, with nearly 27,000 students and 1,350 faculty members.
The University aims to "to blend tradition with modern technologies and scholarship, and teach the compelling ethics of Jewish heritage to all... to synthesize the ancient and modern, the sacred and the material, the spiritual and the scientific."
Tel Aviv University
It is located in Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv. With 30,000 students, it is the largest in Israel. It features 9 faculties, 17 teaching hospitals, 18 performing arts centers, 27 schools, 106 departments, 340 research centers and 400 laboratories.
It was founded in 1956, when three research institutes, the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics (1935), the Institute of Natural Science (1931) and the Institute of Jewish Studies, joined together to form the Tel Aviv University.
The university also maintains academic supervision over the Center for Technological Design in Holon, the New Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo and the Afeka College of Engineering in Tel Aviv.
University of Haifa
Located on top of Mount Carmel in Haifa, it was founded in 1963, to operate under the auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In 1972 it declared its independence from Jerusalem. It has about 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and is broadly divided into six Faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Science and Science Education, Social Welfare and Health Studies, and Education.
It aims to encourage mutual understanding and cooperation between the Jewish and Arab populations on and off campus. The university is a home for students from all sectors of Israeli society such as Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, religious and secular students and also many students from all over the world who study in the international school.
Universities in Israel
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
It is located in Beer-Sheva, Israel. It features five campuses: The Marcus Family Campus, Beer-Sheva; the David Bergmann Campus, Beer-Sheva; the David Tuviyahu Campus, Beer-Sheva; the Sde Boker Campus and Eilat Campus.
First established in 1969 as the University of the Negev, it was later renamed after the founder and first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben Gurion. He believed that the future of Israel lay on the region that comprises almost 60% of its territory.
Today it has about 20,000 students on its research institutes, such as the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research with the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, and the Ben Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.
Established in 1982
it is located on the settlement of Ariel in Samaria. It was first established
as a branch of Bar Ilan University. In 2004 this affiliation ended and it
became an independent college.
In July 2012 it was granted full university status with the blessing of the members of the government and some opposition from the university world. Later it was discovered that 65% of the general public in Israel supported the move of recognition as a full university.
The Open University of Israel
This university has more students than any other institution in Israel, coming from all over the world. It is a distance-education university and as of 2006 it has taught around 39,000 students and has awarded undergraduate and post graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates.
Its headquarters and administrative offices are in the city of Raanana.
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