Reichman University

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Reichman University (Hebrew: אוניברסיטת רייכמן‎) is a private research university[1][2][3] in Herzliya, in the Tel Aviv District of Israel. Founded in 1994 by Uriel Reichman as a private college under the name The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya (המרכז הבינתחומי הרצליה), it was envisioned and inspired by the model of the Ivy League.[4][5] It was recognized by the Council for Higher Education in Israel as a university in August 2021. It is Israel's first and only private university (whereas the rest of Israel's universities are all public).

Reichman University
אוניברסיטת רייכמן  (Hebrew)
Reichman University.svg
Former name
IDC Herzliya (1994–2021)
MottoLeadership of the future
TypePrivate research university[1][2][3]
Established11 May 1994
Academic affiliation
McDonnell International Scholars Academy
PresidentUriel Reichman
Academic staff
ColorsNavy and White

The university is located in the city of Herzliya, in the Tel Aviv District, and is classified as an independent university.[6] It grants undergraduate degrees, post-graduate degrees, and PhD degrees.[7] It is a non-profit and receives no direct Israeli government funding.[8]

Reichman University has 8,000 students enrolled for undergraduate and graduate degrees, including 2,000 international students from 86 countries (about 36% of whom are from Europe and 31% of whom are from North America).[9]

In 2014, Reichman University law graduates achieved the highest passing rate at the national bar examination of all Israeli academic institutions.[10] Moreover, Reichman University ranked first of 66 Israeli academic institutions in terms of student satisfaction for four consecutive years.[11] In addition, Reichman University has been the only academic institution in the world that has won the international Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law competition, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in consecutive years, winning it twice, in 2010 and 2011.[12]

The faculty includes professors who are involved with and hold professorships at various other universities. Reichman University cooperates with universities in the United States such as the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, University of California, Berkeley, Washington University in St. Louis, Syracuse University and Harvard University.[13][14][15]

Reichman University was ranked first in a survey that examined the treatment in Israeli academic institutions towards students who serve in the IDF. It was the first academic institution to recognize active reserve service as equivalent to academic credits. In addition, Reichman University students who serve in the reserve forces enjoy significant assistance during their studies.[16] Reichman University offers a program in political science, with specialization in diplomacy and counter-terrorism, and hosts the Institute for Counter-Terrorism.


The Sammy Ofer School of Communications at Reichman University
The Radzyner Law School at Reichman University
IDC School of Entrepreneurship

The campus is located in the city of Herzliya, Israel, six miles north of Tel Aviv, on the grounds of a former Israeli Air Force base that served as the first fighter base during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and then as the main Anti-aircraft warfare school until 1992.[17]

Reichman University has a highly developed Entrepreneurship Club where you can join a start-up accelerator.[18][19] Herzliya is a major start-up hub in Israel. Fledgling startups and giant multinationals settle down in Herzliya. To name but a few, Apple, Microsoft and IBM are headquartered in Herzliya. The environment for start-ups in Herzliya and Tel-Aviv is more than sufficient to ensure success.[20]

The first class at Reichman University consisted of 360 students. Over the years, leading professors from Israel and the US have joined the faculty, additional schools have been opened and the student body has grown to 6,500. Reichman University was founded on the belief that an independent nonprofit college unfettered by bureaucracy and an external agenda could make a significant contribution to Israeli society and its future leadership. Reichman University offers innovative interdisciplinary degree programs that employ advanced information technology while providing a solid understanding of the region and its geopolitical relevance in the world.

The Reichman University motto is “Liberty and Responsibility."[21] The school logo is based on the flag that Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, proposed for the Jewish state.

In 2012, Israel Chemicals helped to found the School of Sustainability, which will focus on environmentally conscious business development and entrepreneurship. Graduates will be awarded a BA in sustainability studies.[22]

The General Assembly of IDC Herzliya decided in June 2020 that the status of the college would be upgraded and the it would be renamed Reichman University; when the transformation was completed in the future, it would be the first private university in Israel.[8]

The status and title of university was officially granted by the Council for Higher Education in Israel in August 2021.[23]

Herzliya ConferenceEdit

The Herzliya Conference, hosted by the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya, is Israel's center stage for the articulation of national policy by its most prominent leaders, including the Israeli President, the Prime Minister, the IDF Chief of General Staff, and the leading contenders for high political office. Among the speakers of Herzliya Conference, Israel's foremost global policy annual gathering were French president Nicolas Sarkozy, NATO- General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen , US-Secretaries of State, Condoleeza Rice and Dr. Henry Kissinger, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and many more notable participants.[24][25][26][27]


Uriel Reichman, president and founder of Reichman University, holds a JSD from the University of Chicago and is the former dean of the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University. Alex Mintz is the provost.[28] Amnon Rubinstein, chairperson of the Appointments Committee, is a former Israeli minister of education. Aharon Barak, president emeritus of the Israeli Supreme Court, is a member of the Higher Academic Committee and a lecturer at the Radzyner School of Law at Reichman University.


Reichman University offers degrees in law, business, government, computer science, communications, economics and psychology. It consists of the Radzyner Law School, Arison School of Business, Efi Arazi School of Computer Science, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Sammy Ofer School of Communications, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, Tiomkin School of Economics, School of Sustainability Founded by Israel Corp., ICL & ORL, and the Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS).

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and StrategyEdit

The Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy is a school within the Interdisciplinary Center private college located in Herzliya, Israel.[29][30][31] The Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy is named after Ronald Lauder.

Undergraduate programs include:

  • Diplomacy and Strategy
  • Public Administration and Politics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Middle East
  • Security and Terrorism (Homeland Security)
  • Business Concentration

Graduate programs include:

  • M.A Program with Thesis
  • M.A Program with Specializations:
  • Diplomacy and Conflict Studies (Director: Prof. Galia Golan)
  • Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies (Director: Dr. Boaz Ganor)
  • Public Policy and Administration (taught only in Hebrew) (Director: Prof. David Nachmias)

Special programsEdit

  • The Program in Political Psychology hosts workshops and sponsors the journal Political Psychology.[32]
  • The Program for Foreign Diplomats is a certificate program in Israeli politics for foreign diplomats and representatives of international organizations.[33]

Raphael Recanati International SchoolEdit

The Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS) offers programs in English for overseas students. International students learn side by side with Israelis and are involved in all aspects of campus life. The Raphael Recanati International School has grown significantly and now makes up one-fourth of the student body at Reichman University.

Programs offered by RRIS:

  • Business Administration Program (BA & Global MBA);
  • Business Administration and Economics (BA double major);
  • Government Program (BA & MA);
  • Government and Sustainability (BA double major);
  • Communications Program (BA);
  • Psychology (BA);
  • Social Psychology (MA);
  • Organizational Behavior and Development (MA);
  • Computer Science (BSc);
  • Machine Learning and Data Science (Ms)
  • Financial Economics (MA);
  • Exchange Programs

Special programsEdit

Reichman University offers a variety of leadership programs:

  • Zell Entrepreneurship Program
  • Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy
  • Rabin Leadership Program
  • OFEK Forum for Involvement in Security and Social Issues
  • Honors Track in Decision Making and Strategy
  • Nevzlin Center for Jewish Peoplehood Studies
  • The Israel at Heart Program
  • The Zvi Meitar Institute for Legal Implications of Emerging Technologies <>


Reichman University is home to 23 research institutes and centers:

  • Advanced Reality Lab
  • Asper Institute for New Media Diplomacy
  • Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy
  • Center for European Studies
  • Center for Internet Psychology (CIP)
  • Deepness Lab
  • Entrepreneurship Center
  • Fact Center
  • Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute
  • Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA)
  • IDC Elevator
  • IDC Institute for LD and ADHD
  • IDC Social Cognition and Psychophysiology Laboratory
  • Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)
  • Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS)
  • Maytiv Center
  • Media Innovation Lab (miLAB)
  • Nevzlin Center for Jewish Peoplehood Studies
  • POPDM – Political Psychology and Decision Making
  • Program in Applied Decision Analysis (PADA)
  • Project for New Governance in Israel
  • Program in Political Psychology
  • Rothschild Caesarea Center for Capital Markets and Risk Management
  • The Zvi Meitar Institute for Legal Implications of Emerging Technologies
  • Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute
  • Unit for Applied Neuroscience

Student lifeEdit

Radzyner Law School at IDC

Approximately one quarter of the students on campus hail from outside Israel.[34] Reichman University students come from 83 countries to study at the Raphael Recanati International School. Reichman University students initiate, lead and participate in dozens of activities on behalf of the community, including legal aid clinics to help those of limited financial means; programs to mentor and tutor elementary-school pupils; activities for at-risk youth; the ensemble project in which students teach classical music in an underprivileged neighborhood in the city; and dozens of other volunteer initiatives that students launched on behalf of the weaker sectors of the community. Students are also active in a variety of clubs and performing arts groups.

In 2009, Alpha Epsilon Pi, an international Jewish fraternity, opened a branch at Reichman University, the first college fraternity in Israel.[35]

Debate clubEdit

The Debate Club of Reichman University is a framework designed to provide the qualifications necessary in the field of speech and rhetoric. In 2012, the debate team of the Raphael Recanati international school won second place in the European Championships in Belgrade. It was the only team from Israel to reach the final (in the category of “English as a second language”).


In 2012, Reichman University won first place for women's basketball, first place for men's beach volleyball, first place men and women's windsurf and second place for debate.


School Name Programs of Study Notes
Radzyner School of Law First degree program: LL.B. plus B.A. in business administration or in government;

Second degree program: LL.M.

Doctoral degree program: PhD in Law.[36]

First degree program is combined – all students must study to simultaneously earn two different degrees (LL.B. plus B.A.)
Arison School of Business First degree program: B.A. in business administration or in business administration and economics;

Second degree program: M.B.A. in business administration and economics;

The B.A program in Business administration offers three major areas of specialization: Finance, Marketing and Internet.[37]
Efi Arazi School of Computer Science First degree program: B.Sc. in computer science;

Second degree program: M.Sc. in computer science.

Doctoral degree program: PhD in computer science.

The B.Sc. program offers two optional specializations: security systems in the network era or development of video games and interactive media. Students also choose a minor program in business administration, entrepreneurship or communications.
Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy First degree program: B.A. in government;

Second degree program: M.A. in government

A Master's program in government offers two tracks in both English and Hebrew: diplomacy & conflict resolution or counter-terrorism & homeland security, and two additional tracks in Hebrew alone: public policy and political marketing.
Sammy Ofer School of Communications B.A. in communications This program offers its students to choose between three major specializations which are Marketing, Visual Content and Interactive Communications. Students are able also to choose a minor program in entrepreneurship, business administration or government in addition to their degree.[38]
Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology First degree programs: B.A. in Psychology;

Second degree program: M.A. in Psychology.

Doctoral degree program: PhD in Psychology.

Possible complementary domains: business administration, government, communications or social thought.[39]
Tiomkin School of Economics B.A. in Economics Different versions of this program are offered: First option is a double major in Economics with another equal major in Accounting, Business Administration or Sustainability. Second option is to choose a minor studies division in Network Science, Computer Science, Public Administration, Business Administration or Psychology.[40]
School of Sustainability B.A in Sustainabilityis offered only the IDC ly together with another main B.A subject as Government or Economics.s[clarification needed]
Raphael Recanati International School B.A. in business administration;Second degree program: MBA in business administration; M.A. in Organizational Behavior and Development

B.A. in government;M.A. in government

B.A. in communications

B.A. in Psychology

B.Sc. in Computer Science

Programs' contents are equal to those of the same programs in other IDC schools, but the language of instruction is, instead, English.
Adelson School of Entrepreneurship Full degree is not offered at the moment but special academic programs are available for relevant applicants. To name a few: IDC Beyond,[41] Zell,[42] CO-OP Startup Experience[43] and more...

Academic rankingEdit

Reichman University is ranked 76–100 in political science in the Shanghai Ranking of world universities.[44] In overall world university rankings, Times Higher Education places it in the 601–800 bracket.[45]

Notable facultyEdit

Alphabetical list.

Notable alumniEdit

Board of DirectorsEdit

International Advisory BoardEdit

See alsoEdit


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