The University of Haifa (Hebrew: אוניברסיטת חיפה, Arabic: جامعة حيفا) is a public research university located on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. Founded in 1963, the University of Haifa received full academic accreditation in 1972, becoming Israel's sixth academic institution and the fourth university. The university has the largest university library in Israel. As of 2019, approximately 18,000 students were enrolled at the University of Haifa.[6] Among Israeli higher education institutions the University of Haifa has the largest percentage (41%) of Arab-Israeli students.[7]

University of Haifa
אוניברסיטת חיפה (Hebrew)
PresidentRon Robin
RectorGur Elroi
Academic staff
Students18,000+ (2023)[1]

32°45′45″N 35°01′05″E / 32.76250°N 35.01806°E / 32.76250; 35.01806
Colors    Red and blue
AffiliationsGlobal U8 (GU8)
Academic rankings



The University of Haifa was founded in 1963[8] 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.[9] 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, as well as an international school offering courses in English.

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.[9] 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 archaeology 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.[9] The university also hosts a large IBM research center on its campus.

Research centers


Examples of the university research centers:[10]

  • The Institute of Evolution[11]
  • The Center for Cyber, Law and Policy
  • Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics Center
  • The Integrated Brain and Behavior Research Center (IBBR)
  • The Institute of Information Processing and Decision Making
  • The Max Wertheimer Minerva Center for Cognitive Processes
  • Haifa Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Computer Science
  • The National Security Studies Center
  • The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities
  • Center for Spatial Information Systems Research (CSISR)
  • Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center
  • The Haifa Center for German European Studies[12]
  • The Weiss-Livnat International Center for Holocaust Research and Education[13]

International MA programs

  • Child Development[14]
  • Diplomacy Studies
  • Modern German and European Studies[15]
  • MBA in Sustainability
  • Public Health (MPH)
  • Holocaust Studies[16]
  • Israel Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Maritime Civilizations
  • National Security Studies[17]
  • Peace and Conflict Management
  • Archaeology
  • Public Management and Policy (MPA)
  • International Relations
  • Marine Geosciences (MSc.)
  • International MBA
  • Statistics
  • Marine Biology (MSc.)

Zinman Institute of Archaeology


The Zinman Institute of Archaeology is a research institute under Haifa's Faculty of Humanities.[18] It was founded in 1988 with a donation from Betty and Philip Zinman and specializes in the archaeology of northern Israel, especially the area around Mount Carmel.[19]

Academic journals


Mishpat U’Memshal (Law and Government) – Founded in 1992, the journal deals with current and relevant public law issues. The publishing team is mainly composed of students under the academic supervision of a senior editor appointed by the Faculty of Law.

Hearot Din (Illuminating the Law) – Founded in 2004, the journal deals with changes in legal rulings in Israel. The publishing team is mainly composed of students under the academic supervision of a senior editor appointed by the Faculty of Law.

Din U’Devarim (Haifa Law Review) – Founded in 2005, the journal focuses on the interaction between the law and other fields of knowledge, especially the humanities and social sciences, but also serves as a platform for traditional legal writing. Faculty members produce the articles with the assistance of outstanding students at the Faculty of Law.

The Journal of Holocaust Research—formerly Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust (2009–2018)—is a bilingual (Hebrew and English) academic journal produced by the University of Haifa and the Ghetto Fighters' House and published by Routledge. It is available online and in print.[20][21]

Michmanim – The Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum publishes a scholarly, dual language journal on archaeological research and artifacts in the museum's collections.



Notable alumni


Notable academics


See also



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  14. ^ "Program Description". July 2018.
  15. ^ "אוניברסיטת חיפה - הפקולטה למדעי הרוח I המרכז ללימודי גרמניה ואירופה - Master Program".
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  17. ^ "The National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa - Home Eng".
  18. ^ "הפקולטה למדעי הרוח I אוניברסיטת חיפה - Research Institutes". Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  19. ^ "The Zinman Institute of Archaeology - Home". Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  20. ^ "Call for Articles: Dapim - Studies on the Holocaust". European Holocaust Research Infrastructure. 7 October 2013.
  21. ^ "The Journal of Holocaust Research". Taylor & Francis Online. Retrieved 25 December 2019.
  22. ^ "President of the University of Haifa". Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  23. ^ "Rector of the University of Haifa". December 2019. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  24. ^ "Members of the Board of Governors" (PDF). Retrieved 28 March 2020.

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