The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was founded in 1918 and officially opened its doors in 1925. It is Israel’s premier university and research institution.

Ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world, Hebrew University has been recognized for leadership in the scientific community, stressing excellence in a wide array of studies, including the humanities, social sciences, exact sciences, and medicine. The university encourages multi-disciplinary activities in Israel and overseas, and serves as a bridge between academic research and its social and industrial applications. Chaim Weizmann, Albert Einstein, Martin Buber and Sigmund Freud were among the university’s founders whose genius inspired their vision of a great university whose mission would have no limits or borders. The founding charter declared that the institution would be open to every qualified man and woman irrespective of religion, race or nationality. Today, the Hebrew University has 6 campuses, 7 faculties, 14 schools, 23,500 students, 1,000 senior faculty members and boasts 8 Nobel Prizes and 1 Fields Medal in mathematics winners.

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BY THE NUMBERS

23,500 students

973 researchers

7 faculties

campuses

14 schools

Over 200 majors and programs

Over 5,000 courses

AWARDS

1 Fields Medal in Mathematics

1 Turing Award in Computer Science

1 Canada Gairdner International Award

8 Nobel Prizes

14 Wolf Prizes

46 EMET Prizes

100 Rothschild Prizes

204 Israel Prizes

GLOBAL SCOPE

208 Student exchange programs with 95 academic institutions in 24 countries.

95 academic institutions in 24 countries.

220 Postdoctoral researchers from 26 countries.

320 Academic agreements with institutions in 44 countries.

2,000 Students from 90 countries attend the Rothberg International School each year.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem opened on Mount Scopus in 1925. By 1947, it had evolved into a large research and teaching institution.

HISTORY

The Hebrew University’s opening ceremony on Mount Scopus in 1925 was attended by the leaders of the Jewish world, distinguished scholars, public figures, and British dignitaries, including the Earl of Balfour, Viscount Allenby, and Sir Herbert Samuel. By 1947, the university had become a large research and teaching institution. A medical school was approved in 1949, as well as a faculty of law. In 1952, an agricultural institute was founded. During the 1948 War of Independence, attacks were carried out against convoys moving between the Israeli-controlled section of Jerusalem and the university. The leader of the Arab forces in Jerusalem, Abdul Kader Husseini, threatened military action against the university’s Hadassah Hospital “if the Jews continued to use them as bases for attacks.” After the Hadassah medical convoy massacre, in which 79 Jews including doctors and nurses were slaughtered, the Mount Scopus campus was

cut off from Jerusalem. British soldier Jack Churchill coordinated the evacuation of 700 Jewish doctors, students, and patients from the hospital. When the Jordanian government denied Israeli access to Mount Scopus, a new campus was built at Givat Ram in western Jerusalem and completed in 1958. In the interim, classes were held in 40 buildings around the city. The Terra Santa building in Rehavia, rented from the Franciscan Custodians of the Latin Holy Places, was also used for this purpose. By the beginning of 1967, the students were spread among the two campuses in Jerusalem and the agricultural faculty in Rehovot. After the unification of Jerusalem, following the Six-Day War of June 1967, the university was able to return to the rebuilt Mount Scopus. In 1981, the construction work was completed and Mount Scopus again became Hebrew University’s main campus.

Hebrew University Timeline

1882

1882

  • Professor Herman Zvi Shapira proposed the establishment of a university for the Jewish people.
1913

1913

  • 11th Zionist Congress passes a motion in favour of the establishment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1918

1918

  • Foundation stones laid on Mount Scopus in the presence of Chaim Weizmann, general Allenby and Jewish leaders.
1923

1923

  • Albert Einstein gives inaugural scientific lecture during his only visit to Palestine; also edits the University’s first scientific publication.
1925

1925

  • Gala opening of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1935

1935

  • HU issues certificates enabling young European Jewish refugees to enter the country and study in Jerusalem.
1936

1936

  • First doctoral degree conferred.
1948

1948

  • On 13 April, 77 faculty and staff members of the University and Hadassah Hospital are killed when a convoy to Mount Scopus is attacked.
1949

1949

  • University relocates to makeshift premises throughout Jerusalem. Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Faculty of Law and Adult Education Centre established.
1955

1955

  • One-Year Program for overseas students established.
1958

1958

  • Dedication of Givat Ram campus.
1960

1960

  • Ein Kerem medical campus dedicated.
1964

1964

  • Yissum Research Development Company established to patent University research findings and promote University partnerships with industry.
1967

1967

  • Jerusalem unified, access to Mount Scopus restored. Renovation of Mount Scopus campus begins.
1969

1969

  • Academic activity resumed on Mount Scopus.
1975

1975

  • Opening of the Institute for Advanced Studies.
1985

1985

  • Opening of the Korest School of Veterinary Medicine.
1998

1998

  • Rothberg International School (formerly the Overseas School) moves to the Boyar Building.
199

1999

  • Dedication of the Selim and Rachel Benin School of Engineering and Computer Science.
2002

2002

  • Nobel prize in economics awarded to HU alumnus Professor Daniel Kahneman.
2003

2003

  • Inauguration of the Edmond J. Safra Campus at Givat Ram.
2004

2004

  • HU alumni Professor Avram Hershko and Professor Aaron Ciechanover of the Technion win Nobel prize in chemistry. Nobel prize in physics awarded to HU alumnus Professor David J. Gross.
2005

2005

  • Completion of the five Ginges Computer Centres. Nobel prize in economics awarded to HU Professor Robert J. Aumann.
2006

2006

  • HU Professor Roger Kornberg wins Nobel prize in chemistry.
2007

2007

  • Opening of the student village.