Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The most important institution of higher learning in Israel


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the most important institution of higher learning in Israel. In Hebrew it is called Ha-Universita Ha-Ivrit Bi-Yerushalayim.

This important university was founded by Lord Balfour on the 1st of April, 1925 on top of Mount Scopus and its first Board of Governors included Chaim Weizmann year later the first President of the State of Israel, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Cyrus Adler, Yehuda Magnes, Achad Haam and Rabbi Abraham Kook.

The Campus on Mount Scopus was the original one


Their Vision

Their vision was to create an internationally respected academic institution which would serve as the country’s leading educational establishment provide the Jewish people with the cultural, spiritual and intellectual resource of their heritage.

As well as to facilitate the training of new generations of scientists, philosophers, statesmen, teachers, agriculturalists and business entrepreneurs for the developing needs of a new nation that was created two decades later.

During the years 1948 when the State was founded until 1967 when Jerusalem was reunited, the Mt Scopus campus was in Jordanian Territory. After the Six Day War it was reopened for full operation.

The Faculty of Agriculture in my city Rehovot

Four Campuses

It operates three campuses in Jerusalem and one in Rehovot. In Jerusalem the campuses are in Mt Scopus where it all started, Givat Ram, near the Knesset and Israel Museum Jerusalem and the School of Medicine as part of Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem.

On more campus operates in Rehovot, the School of Agriculture of the Hebrew University.

It has faculties of humanities, science, social sciences, law, agriculture, dental medicine, and medicine, and schools of education, social work, pharmacy, home economics, and applied science and technology and a graduate library school.

The campus in Givat Ram near the Knesset

The following are the faculties and Schools of the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • The Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dental Medicine
  • Faculties of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
  • Jerusalem School of Business Administration
  • Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Rothberg International School
  • Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School
  • Henrietta Szold-Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing
  • School of Nutritional Sciences
  • Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Occupational Therapy
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Braun Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Public Health and Community Medicine
  • School of Public Policy
  • The Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Koret School of Veterinary Medicine

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Facts

  • Enrollment – 24,000 full time students of them 12,000 undergraduates, 8,000 master students, 2,800 doctoral candidates and 1,200 overseas students.
  • Faculty – About 1,000
  • Research – 3,500 projects in progress in the departments of the University and in 100 subject related research centers.

The Faculty of Medicine is located in the Hadassah Medical Center


The Libraries

The Jewish National and University Library is the central library of the University as well as serving as the national library of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Its collections of Hebraica and Judaica are the largest in the world.

As the central and largest library of the Hebrew University, it is also the oldest section of the university.

Founded in 1892 as a world center for the preservation of books relating to Jewish thought and culture, it assumed the additional functions of a general university library in 1920.

Some more libraries located on the different campuses

  • Avraham Harman Science Library
  • Mathematics and Computer Science Library
  • Earth Sciences Library
  • Library for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Bernard G. Segal Law Library Center
  • Library of Archaeology
  • Moses Leavitt Library of Social Work
  • Zalman Aranne Central Education Library
  • Library of the Rothberg International School
  • Muriel and Philip I. Berman National Medical Library
  • Central Library of Agricultural Science
  • Library of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace

The mission of the Hebrew University Jerusalem is to be Israel's first University and a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research serving:

  • Humanity by extending the frontiers of knowledge with its world renowned research
  • The State of Israel by training its scientific, educational and professional leadership
  • The Jewish people by preserving and expanding the Jewish cultural, spiritual and intellectual heritage

For more information visit Hebrew University of Jerusalem website .

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