Bar Ilan University is the second largest academic institution after the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
It is located in the city of Ramat Gan part of the Greater Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area.
Campus of University of Bar Ilan in Metropolitan Tel Aviv
Conceived in America
It was conceived in 1950 by a group of Jewish Americans, and founded in 1955 by an American Rabbi Professor Pinkhos Churgin. It was described by the New York Times as an important link between the new State of Israel and the United States of America. It was named after Rabbi Meir Bar Ilan (formerly Berlin) who served as an inspiration for the founding of this institution.
Even though he was an orthodox Rabbi, he believed that there is room for a University providing secular academic studies together with the religious Torah learning.
It has about 27,000 students including those of the affiliated colleges, and 1,400 faculty members
Its purpose is "To blend tradition with modern technologies and scholarship, and teach the compelling ethics of Jewish heritage to all... to synthesize the ancient and modern, the sacred and the material, the spiritual and the scientific”
The Faculty of Psychology at Bar Ilan
Great Changes since 1955 to the present day
It all started as a Jewish Religious institution and almost all students were religious, but it has changed during the years to a more open approach and today bar Ilan University is open to non religious Jew and many Arabs
Archaeology has a high priority here and Bar Ilan has partnered with the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot in a joint Archaeological Science program.
Bar Ilan offers a BA Program taught entirely in English for the benefit of those English speaking students that want to spend some time studying in Israel.
Brain Research Building in Bar Ilan
There are eight active faculties in this University
Faculty of Jewish Studies
Faculty of Life Sciences
Unity Park in the center of Bar Ilan University
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Exact Sciences
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee
Faculty of Law
Advanced Torah Studies
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