The Technion in Haifa Israel


The Technion is located in the city of Haifa Israel on top of Mt Carmel. It all started when it was Ottoman Palestine before World War I. The first ideas were conceived in the early 1900 as a school of engineering and sciences.

The only other institution of higher learning then was Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem that was founded in 1907.

Aerial view of the campus


Cornerstone in 1912

In the year 1912 when the first cornerstone was laid the “War of Languages” began. Some demanded that German be used because it was more appropriate for scientific studies.

But since the majority of the staff insisted on Hebrew, it was adopted, and for the first time in history, Hebrew was used as a language for scientific learning.

Some students were enrolled in 1924 and it was officially inaugurated in 1925 with only 16 students, one woman among them, all majoring in architecture and civil engineering.

Those were the times when young Jewish students were barred from technical education in Europe and the Technion opened the door to many of them seeking the skill necessary for developing what was to become the State of Israel.

In the 1930s it absorbed many Jewish scientists fleeing Europe in general and Germany in particular.

Until the opening of the School of Engineering at Ben Gurion University in the Negev Desert in the 1970s it was the only university in the country offering engineering degrees.

The Main Building on top of Mount Carmel


Different faculties and Institutes

  • The Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute
    It was established in January 2005 as a joint venture of the State of Israel, this Institution and the Russell Berrie foundation.

    It is one of the largest nanotechnology centers in the United States and Europe. It features over 100 faculty members and about 300 graduate students and post doctoral fellows.

  • The Grand Technion Energy Program
    The Nancy and Stephen Grand Energy Program is a multidisciplinary center of excellence bringing together Technion's top researchers in energy science and technology from over nine different faculties.

    Founded in 2010, its 4-point strategy targets research and development of alternative fuels; renewable energy sources; energy storage and conversion; and energy conservation. It is presently the only center in Israel offering graduate studies in energy science and technology.

The Old Building where it all began


In cooperation with Rambam Hospital

  • Rappaport Faculty of Medicine
    This is one of four state sponsored medical schools in the country. Founded in 1969 it is active in science research and medical training in anatomy, biochemistry, biophysics, immunology, microbiology, physiology, and pharmacology.

    Other facilities on the Faculty of Medicine campus include teaching laboratories, a medical library, lecture halls, and seminar rooms.

    Academic programs are offered at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine leading to the Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees. It is located adjacent to Rambam Hospital, the largest medical center in Northern Israel.

Rambam Hospital the most important one in northern Israel


  • Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management
    The William Davidson Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management is the oldest department of this type in Israel since 1958.

    Its founder Pinchas Naor’s vision was to combine industrial engineering with management creating a large multidisciplinary unit covering all the activities from applied engineering to mathematical modeling; from economics and behavioral sciences to operations research and statistics.

This institution has helped the State of Israel to be what it is today, a thriving country based on technology and a world leader in Hi-Tech where companies like Microsoft, Intel and Apple establish their branches to be able to use the Israeli brains for their projects.

Many Nobel Laureates, many CEOs of the main companies have come out of the classes of the Technion that despite its modest beginnings is today an institution bringing pride to Israel and its people.

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