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The University of Haifa (Hebrew: אוניברסיטת חיפה‎, Arabic: جامعة حيفا‎) is a public research university on the top of Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. The university was founded in 1963 by the mayor of its host city, Abba Hushi, to operate under the academic auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

University of Haifa
אוניברסיטת חיפה
جامعة حيفا
University of Haifa logo.svg
Mottoמצויינות אקדמית מתחילה ביחס אישי (Hebrew)
Motto in English
Academic excellence with a personal touch
PresidentRon Robin
RectorGustavo Mesch
Academic staff
1,323[citation needed]
Students18,100[citation needed]
ColorsRed and White


The University of Haifa was founded in 1963[1] by Haifa mayor Abba Hushi, to operate under the academic auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Haifa University is located on Mount Carmel. In 1972, the University of Haifa declared its independence and became the sixth academic institution in Israel and the fourth university.

About 18,100 undergraduate and graduate students study in the university a wide variety of topics, specializing in social sciences, humanities, law and education.[2] The University is broadly divided into six Faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Science and Science Education, Social Welfare and Health Studies, and Education. There is also the Graduate School of Management, The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences and the Continuing Education and Extension Studies.

Beyond the objective of a first-rate higher education, the University of Haifa aims to provide equal educational opportunities to all, and in particular to encourage mutual understanding and cooperation between the Jewish and Arab populations on and off campus.[2] The university is a home for students from all sectors of Israeli society - Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, religious and secular students and also many students from all over the world who study in the international school.

The University of Haifa is home to the Hecht Museum of archeology and art, several research centers and institutes, including the Evolution Institute, Center for the Study of the Information Society, Center for the Study of National Security, Tourism Research Center, and more.[2] The University also hosts a large IBM research center on its campus.


Rabin Building.
The inauguration of the University of Haifa, October 21, 1965.
Lecture at the University of Haifa, 1965

In its first year 472 students attended the University.[citation needed] Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences were offered in the following departments: Biblical Studies, Hebrew Literature and Language, Jewish History, General History, French Literature and Language, English Literature and Language, Arabic Literature and Language, Geography, Sociology, and Political Science. The academic staff included 180 instructors, 50 of them Haifa residents. In 1967, the University of Haifa awarded diplomas to its first 75 graduates, three-quarters of whom intended to be teachers.

The first home of the University of Haifa was in Erdstein House in the Hadar HaCarmel section of Haifa, but it soon became too crowded. The University moved to Merkaz HaCarmel, and was housed in the building that now serves the Municipal High School No. 5. In 1966, the University moved to the top of Mount Carmel, the present location of its main campus. The University's first building, the "Multi-Purpose Building", was constructed in 1966. It contained classrooms, halls, laboratories, a library with 110,000 books, and a cafeteria. Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer planned the campus to include all the University's facilities in one complex. More recently, additional buildings have been built nearby. Niemeyer did not complete the detailed design phase; instead Shlomo Gilad received the commission for the overall planning of the campus. Gilad retreated from Niemeyer's design, but retained the character of the main building, the Eshkol Building, named for the ex-prime minister Levi Eshkol. The Eshkol Building was the highest building in the city of Haifa until 2002.

University of Haifa International School (UHIS) - Study AbroadEdit

The University of Haifa International School(UHIS) has been open and welcoming students for more than forty years. The University not only welcomes a diverse local student body, but additionally a diverse international student body. While many different study abroad programs work with the University of Haifa International School to bring students to Israel, they all provide the access to a program which gives the student an opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and learn more about a handful of different cultures while in one city.

There are a range of schedules and classes that are provided to students who attend the International school; from summer sessions, semesters to a full year potential students can tailor the program to their needs. While students who have an excellent proficiency in Hebrew or Arabic may request any of the other classes outside of the International School, the classes provided by the International School are all taught in English. Classes can be applied to many different programs such as[3]:

  • Anthropology
  • Arabic Language
  • Communications
  • Contemporary Israeli Culture
  • Hebrew Language
  • History
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Literature
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Peace and Conflict studies (Honors available)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious and Jewish Studies
  • Sociology

The program can be organized to benefit both undergraduate and graduate student programs. The school is launching two new graduate programs for the 2019-2020 school year[4]. The language programs can be taken as 4 week intensive or semester to year long as well and are offered for every level and proficiency.

While studying abroad at the University of Haifa, students are encouraged to participate in programs offered by the University and to explore the country themselves too. An alumni student acknowledged that "driving in Israel wasn't nearly as intimidating as it seemed[5]. Students get to experience not only living in the Middle East, but additionally they get to participate and dive into many different cultures that otherwise they would not have the opportunities to do so.

The campus.

The Leon H. Charney School of Marine SciencesEdit

Library of the university.

The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences is a division of the University of Haifa that primarily focuses on the study of the Mediterranean Sea.[citation needed] It is home to the Caesarea Center, its own diving facility that also supports the Israeli Antiques Authority in Caesaria.

It focuses on three complementary fields:[citation needed]

  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Geosciences
  • Maritime Civilizations

Notable alumniEdit

Notable academicsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "University of Haifa". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Home - אוניברסיטת חיפה". Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  3. ^ Retrieved 2019-09-20. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Retrieved 2019-09-20. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Study Abroad in Israel - Passover, Eilat and Driving". USAC. 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2019-09-20.

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