University of Haifa

The University of Haifa (Hebrew: אוניברסיטת חיפה) is a university located on Mount Carmel in Haifa. 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.[1]

University of Haifa
אוניברסיטת חיפה
PresidentRon Robin
RectorGustavo Mesch
Academic staff
32°45′45″N 35°01′05″E
ColorsRed and White


The University Institute of Haifa

“The University Institute of Haifa” was founded in 1963 under the academic auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, at the initiative of the Mayor of Haifa Abba Hushi and the city's Department of Education with funding provided by the municipality. Under the academic agreement, the Institute granted a BA degree from the Hebrew University to its graduates in the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Institute was originally located in the Erdstein House on Y.L. Perets Street in the Hadar neighborhood. “The University Institute of Haifa” was successful from the very beginning and many students from the north of the country wanted to study there. Within a few years, the original house became overcrowded.  As a result, the Institute was moved to a building in Merkaz HaCarmel where the "Ironi Hey" school is currently located. In October 1965, a cornerstone laying ceremony took place atop Mount Carmel, the present location of its main campus. The CEO and first president of the University was Eliezer Rafaeli.

In 1964, there were 472 students enrolled in the Institute. Within six years, enrollment increased sixfold, with the Institute enrolling 2,794 students in 1970. In 1967, the first 61 graduates of the institution completed their studies. In 1971, for the first time, graduate programs were introduced in three departments. The last graduation ceremony under the auspices of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem was held this year, marking the end of the academic partnership during which time 1,826 students completed undergraduate studies and 457 students received a teaching certificate. A year later, in 1972, the University of Haifa received academic recognition from the Council for Higher Education.

Academic Independence

In 1972, the University of Haifa received academic recognition and gained full academic independence. In the same year, the number of faculty members stood at 265. Concurrent with the establishment of the University, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the School of Education and the School of Social Work were accredited. In addition, the following additional departments were approved: Bible, Hebrew Literature and Hebrew Language, History of the Jewish People, General History, English Language and Literature, Arabic Language and Literature, History of Islamic Countries, Philosophy, French Language and Literature, Art, Education, Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Economics and Statistics. Graduate programs were also offered in 14 departments. In 1980, the first program for doctoral studies was opened in the Department of Psychology. In 1984, the Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum was inaugurated.

Academic Growth and Development

As of 2017, there are approximately 18,000 students in seven faculties at the University of Haifa, and over 600 senior faculty members. In 2000, the Faculty of Natural Sciences was established and in 2013, the School of Management became the seventh faculty at the University. In 2007, the University established the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, which is the only school in Israeli academia devoted entirely to the study of the sea, and includes departments of marine biology, marine geosciences, marine civilizations, marine technologies and marine law programs. In 2012, the University of Haifa won a tender by the Council for Higher Education to lead the Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel, a national consortium made up of Technion, Weizmann Institute, Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University, Bar-Ilan University, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Center and the Geological Survey of Israel. In 2014, the University established the Helmsley Charitable Trust Mediterranean Sea Research Center. In 2013, the Council for Higher Education selected the University to lead the Israel Center of Research Excellence in Education and the New Information Society. In addition to University of Haifa researchers, the Center has members from the Technion, Ben-Gurion University and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the University has awarded MA degrees to members of the IDF's National Defense College.  Since 2005, officers of the naval officer course have been studying at the University for a bachelor's degree, and since 2007, the University has been giving a bachelor's degree to members of the Havatzalot program, the flagship program of the Intelligence Corps. In 2008, the University began offering a unique course for young cadets of the Israel Police Forces’ officer training course. In 2017, the University received the IDF Chief of Staff's reserve soldier award, bestowed upon institutions for encouragement and support provided by the university to students and faculty members who serve in the military reserves.

In 2009, the University inaugurated another building in the "Port Campus", located in the lower city of Haifa in an historic structure previously used by the Israel Tax Authority. Thanks to its proximity to the train station, the port campus has become an attractive destination for students from all over the country.

In 2015, the University of Haifa signed an agreement with the East China Normal University (ECNU), the largest university in Shanghai, to establish a joint research center. In 2016, a joint building - the first of its kind between an Israeli and Chinese academic institution - was built on a campus in Shanghai. In 2017, the connection between the University and the higher education system in China was strengthened following the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

In 2017, the University signed an agreement with the Rambam Health Care Campus to establish the joint "Helmsley Discovery Tower" - a 20 floor tower at Rambam, that will combine the research and medical activities of Rambam physicians with the University's researchers in the fields of natural sciences, social welfare and health sciences, psychology, and more. At the same time, discussions began on the merger of the University with the WIZO Academic Center, whereby the college would become an academic unit of the University.

The University logo was designed in 1966 by Dina Merhav. As is customary among Israeli universities, the logo contains the first letters of the institution's name. The design of the letters symbolizes the Carmel mountain peaks with the three languages symbolizing the learning atmosphere on campus.

Campus and Research Portals

In the past, the University was responsible for overseeing the academic programs at Emek Yezreel College, Tel Hai College and courses at Western Galilee College.  Academic oversight was discontinued when the former two colleges became independent, and full academic responsibility of the Western Galilee College was transferred to Bar-Ilan University.

In 2017, the University's administration announced a strategic plan to transform the University into a multiversity: a university with many campuses and research portals.

Mount Carmel Campus

The Mount Carmel campus houses the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Welfare and Health Sciences, Education, Law and Management, the Mechina, the International School and the Hecht Museum. In the early days of the University, construction of the campus began on the Carmel mountain range. The campus design was initially awarded to the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who was in Israel at the time. Niemeyer prepared the initial design for the university buildings, but for various reasons the plans did not reach the detailed design phase.  Israeli architect Shlomo Gilad was then selected to prepare a detailed plan. Gilad scaled back Niemeyer's plan, maintaining only a few of the central elements such as the Main Building, which was designed to accommodate 10,000 students and include most of the university activities under one roof, and also the Eshkol Tower, a University landmark, which was the tallest building in Israel until 2002.

The location of the University on the Carmel mountain range and the plan to build the Tower drew strong criticism from the Nature Reserves Authority, which tried to rally public opinion and support in the Knesset to fight the plan.

Construction began with the building of the Multi-purpose building in 1966, which was located six kilometers from the center of the city.  The construction was completed two years later in 1968, and then construction began on the Terrace Building, which lasted for two years. The Multi-purpose building contained classrooms, seminar halls, laboratories, a library with 110,000 titles, and a dining area.

Construction of the Main Building began in 1969 and was completed in 1973, the same year that construction of student dormitories began. The dorms were completed a year later. Construction of the Eshkol Tower began in 1974 and was completed in 1978.  The Tower, which is 90 meters tall, has become an iconic symbol of the University of Haifa on the Carmel mountain range.

The Lorry I. Lokey City Campus

In 2019, the University expanded its downtown operations. In addition to two buildings on 65 and 67 Hanamal Street, where different programs of the University have been operating since 2009, the University purchased another building at Hanamal 63, now the Dylan Tauber Educational Complex, and leased the 4 Palmer Street building from the municipality.  Together, these buildings create the Lorry I. Lokey City Campus.  As the University's Big Data hub, the City Campus will house the Departments of Computer Science, Information Systems, Statistics and Israel's first School of Data Sciences.

The Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR)

In 2015, the University established the deep sea research labs for the Helmsley Charitable Trust Mediterranean Sea Research Center at the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute (IOLR), the first of its kind in which a research university's labs are built within a national institute.

The Morris Kahn Research Station

The Morris Kahn Research Station operates under the auspices of the Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences and is located on Kibbutz Sdot Yam. The Station supports the activities of IOLR, the School of Marine Sciences and the Israel Antiquities Authority, and collaborates with them in the study of the Mediterranean Sea. The Station oversees the diving activities of the School and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. The Station operates according to the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) scientific diving standards.

Joint Campus –The Helmsley Health Discovery Tower

In 2017, the University and the Rambam Medical Center signed an agreement to establish a 20-story tower, which is being built on the Rambam Health Care Campus.  Present at the signing ceremony of the project were Prof. Ron Robin, President of the University, Prof. Rafi Beyar, former CEO of Rambam, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Health Minister Yaakov Litzman.

The Helmsley Health Discovery Tower will make possible joint projects between Rambam clinical research laboratories with the laboratories of the University of Haifa's Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, the Faculty of Natural Sciences and other areas of the University relates to medical fields, in addition to the Technion's laboratories, technological incubators and other research entities. The research activities in the Medical Discovery Tower will offer a close connection between the clinical field, the medical activity carried out in the hospital and the field of research and technology. It will also provide the University's researchers with the necessary clinical resources, such as imaging devices, genetic testing and advanced equipment, which will be available in 2017 at the hospital compound. This cooperation between physicians, researchers and engineers will enable expanded collaboration in innovation and the life sciences.

Future Campuses: WIZO

In 2017, discussions began with the WIZO Academic Center for a merger where the two institutions would be integrated and become an academic unit of the University. According to the plans, WIZO, which is located in the German Colony in Haifa, will become the University's Faculty of Architecture.

Academic Units

Faculty of Humanities

  • Department of Fine Arts
  • Department of Archaeology
  • Department of General History
  • Department of Middle Eastern and Islam Studies
  • Department of Israel Studies
  • Department of Asian Studies
  • Department of Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Department of Hebrew Language
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Library and Information Studies
  • Department of Biblical Studies
  • Department of Hebrew & Comparative Literature
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of English Language and Literature
  • Department of Arabic Language and Literature
  • Department of Foreign Languages
  • Department of Art History
  • Department of Jewish History
  • Department of Theatre

Faculty of Education

  • Department of Counseling and Human Development
  • Department of Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education
  • Department of Special Education
  • Department of Learning Disabilities
  • Department of Leadership and Policy in Education
  • Department of Mathematics Education

Faculty of Management

  • Department of Business Administration
  • Department of Information and Knowledge Management
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Social Sciences

  • School of Political Sciences
  • Department of Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Information Systems
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Communications
  • School of Criminology

Faculty of Natural Sciences

  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Neurobiology
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Marine Biology
  • Department of Human Biology
  • Department of Marine Geosciences
  • Department of Science Education
  • Department of Maritime Civilizations

Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences

  • School of Social Work
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Creative Arts Therapies
  • Department of Community Mental Health
  • Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Department of Gerontology
  • Department of Nursing
  • Department of Physiotherapy
  • Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Department of Human Services


Faculty of Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities was opened in 1972 and included 10 departments. As of 2017, the Faculty has 30 departments and two schools. The Faculty of Humanities operates the "Derech HaRuac]" program - a program in which all university students from every faculty is required to take basic courses in the humanities, in subjects that are outside the student's regular area of specialization, to broaden their horizons.

Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education began as a School of Education when the university institute first opened its doors in 1963. The School of Education became a faculty in 1995, reflecting the central status that the University of Haifa attributes to education. This is the only faculty of education in Israel and includes six departments: Department of Counseling and Human Development, Department of Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education, Department of Special Education, Department of Learning Disabilities, Department of Leadership and Policy in Education, and the Department of Mathematics Education.

Faculty of Management

The Faculty of Management was established in 1996 as a Graduate School of the University of Haifa. In 2007, the Graduate School developed its new identity as the School of Management when it began to offer various MBA and MA programs that enable the completion of an MBA in a variety of specializations and became a faculty in 2013. As of 2017, the Faculty has three departments: Department of Business Administration, Department of Information and Knowledge Management and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management.

Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law was established in 1990 by Prof. Yitzhak Zamir, former Attorney General and later Supreme Court Justice, who served as the first dean. In 1996, the Faculty celebrated its first graduation ceremony. The Faculty has three main research centers: the Center for Health, Law and Ethics (1995), the Center for Law and Technology (1998) and the Center for Crime, Law and Society (1998) and various legal clinics that began operating in 2002. The Faculty publishes three periodicals, Law and Government (1992), Ha’arat Din (2004) and Dinim Ve'Dvarim (2005). The Faculty was ranked among the 100 best law schools in the world by the SSRN Index in 2008. In 2007 and 2008, the Faculty ranked among the top 10 in the world outside the United States (according to the SSRN Index).

The Herta and Paul Amir Faculty of Social Sciences

The faculty was established in 1972 and included seven departments. As of 2017, 14 departments and two schools were operated by the Faculty. In 2016, the Faculty was named in honor of Herta and Paul Amir in appreciation for their generous donation.

Faculty of Natural Sciences

The Faculty of Natural Sciences was established in 2000 and has 11 departments and more than 40 different research laboratories. The Faculty focuses on three areas: life sciences, exact sciences and geo-marine sciences.

Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences was accredited by Council for Higher Education in 1995-1996. The Faculty has three schools and seven departments: School of Social Work, School of Public Health, School of Creative Arts Therapies, Department of Community Mental Health, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of Gerontology, Department of Nursing, Department of Physiotherapy, Department of Occupational Therapy and Department of Human Services. The Faculty is also home to the Interdisciplinary Clinical Center, which combines academic research and therapeutic activities in the community, and the Continuing Education Unit, which operates programs to expand the knowledge and skills of professionals in the fields of welfare, health and family.

School of Marine Sciences

The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa was established in 2007 in order to train the next generation of marine researchers in a range of disciplines. The school aims to explore and teach the various aspects of the marine environment and ensure the sustainable development of its resources for the welfare of Israeli society. The School is home to four departments: Department of Maritime Civilizations, Dr. Moses Strauss Department of Marine Geosciences, Department of Marine Biology and the Hatter Department of Marine Technologies. In addition, in cooperation with the Faculty of Law, there is a master's degree program specializing in marine law and marine resources. A certified program in shipping and port management is expected to open.

International School

The International School welcomes some 1000 students from all over the world who come to study in a variety of English programs at the University of Haifa. In addition, the International School is responsible for all international agreements and student exchange programs, whereby Israeli students travel abroad for a semester during their studies. The School offers 16 accredited graduate programs taught in English. These programs are also open to Israeli students. In addition, the School offers a variety of short-term, study abroad programs for international undergraduate students. All the programs of the International School are open to Israeli students wishing to study in English in an international environment.

Mechina (Preparatory Program)

The Mechina program was established in the late 1960s and boasts tens of thousands of graduates, most of whom have successfully continued their academic studies. The Mechina has a variety of study programs, including special programs for various population groups, such as the "Mechina Erev" program for students working during the day, the "30+ preparatory program" for older students, the "preparatory program for students with learning disabilities" and more. Participants in the Mechina are considered full students on campus, may serve as members of the Student Union and are eligible for a variety of benefits. The Mechina assists the students by maintaining small classes and providing personal attention, mentoring, coaching, discounts in a variety of courses, training and enrichment, such as psychometric and language courses, and even offers students scholarships on certain academic tracks.

Research Authority - Institutes and Centers

The Research Authority is responsible for promoting, encouraging and fostering academic research, with special emphasis on expanding research projects funded by foundations and public bodies. The Research Authority is home to some 70 research institutes and centers including The Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism, the Zinman Institute of Archeology, the International Center for Health, Law and Ethics, the Center for National Security Studies, the Center for Law and Technology, the Bucerius Institute for Contemporary German Society and History and the Haifa Center for Marine Strategy Research.

Special Programs

Two-year bachelor's degree

The first program of its kind in Israel, the 2-year BA degree was launched at the University of Haifa in 2017/18. The two-year bachelor's degree is a full-accredited degree, identical in its academic demands, and admissions criteria.  The program is offered in a variety of departments in the humanities and social sciences.  The goal of the special program is to enable outstanding and ambitious students to complete their degrees in only two years and enter the job market or graduate studies a year early.  In August 2016, the National Student Union published a report by a committee of experts on its behalf noting that a two-year bachelor's degree is a popular request by Israeli students.

Digital Humanities

Digital Humanitie], the first program of its kind in Israel, was launched in 2017.  The program grants BSc. degrees, integrating knowledge in the humanities with the Department of Computer Information Systems.  The program aims to training graduates to integrate the most innovative programming and information management capabilities with traditional disciplines in the fields of humanities in order to create new knowledge - in academia, but no less importantly, in world of employment, which has become increasingly influenced by Big Data.

In addition to its innovative curriculum, University of Haifa researchers are leading pioneering projects in digital humanities, including innovative scanning technologies to decipher ancient texts such as the Dead Sea Scrolls or the Cairo Geniza, three-dimensional photography and remote sensing and archeology, artificial intelligence and reading literary texts, and smart phones to be used as "guides" in museums.


The National Security Studies Program offers graduate degrees to senior officers in the IDF and other branches of the security forces.  National Security Studies focus on the fields of national security, understanding the political and social background of national security, National security, media and security, political / public corruption, military ethics, delinquency and criminal law, constitutional and administrative law, etc. The Graduate Program is designed for students in managerial and senior positions in the IDF or other branches of the security forces.

Ambassadors Online Program

The Ambassadors Online Program (Shagririm Bareshet) is the University of Haifa advocacy program in Israel that trains University students to utilize new media as a tool for international activism.  The Program combines an academic focus with a hands-on approach that seeks to better understand the roots and characteristics of anti-Israel activities and develop pro-Israel advocacy programs to confront them.

The Ambassadors Online Program draws Israeli students from diverse national, religious and ethnic backgrounds to confront anti-Israel rhetoric. The Program prepares students to effectively challenge the delegitimization claims and fight against the new anti-Semitism by confronting anti-Israel messages through international dialogues via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media. The Program also seeks to encourage student volunteerism and develop student leadership.

Participants in the Ambassadors Online Program attend weekly training sessions, over the course of an academic semester, take part in "diplomacy study tours" to Jerusalem and in Haifa, and meet for two full-day study sessions with program mentors to complete their final projects. The weekly sessions introduce the students to advanced themes in effective communication, a historical background of Israel, the peace process, new antisemitism, digital diplomacy, and rhetorical skills.

The program is a joint initiative of the Dean of Students, the Student Union, the ISEF Foundation and the Elizabeth and Tony Comper Multidisciplinary Center for the Study of Antisemitism and Racism.


The Etgar program was established in 2006 by the University and the Haifa Municipality. The program is a unique academic track for a bachelor's degree in computer science and is designed for high-school students who are motivated and willing to meet academic challenges. The program's students begin their academic studies in the 10th grade and fulfill their academic duties in parallel to their high school studies. The students complete their studies in their post-high school year and can earn a bachelor's degree in computer science at the age of 19. All courses are taught by faculty members from the Department of Computer Science Department in small and personalized classrooms. The programs places an emphasis on personal advancement and developing thinking skills. In 2016, a student in the program, Liran Markin, won the bronze medal at the Computer Science Olympiad.  In 2017, Yuval Salant won the silver medal at the Computer Science Olympiad.

Ofakim Honors Program

The Ofakim Honors Program allows students with outstanding individual potential and intellectual curiosity to develop their talents in a supportive and challenging environment. The program exposes students to a variety of philosophical viewpoints and academic disciplines, encouraging both interdisciplinary thinking and creative originality. The aim of the program is to encourage students to choose research tracks in their own field of study and to make significant contributions to society. Students admitted to the program follow a double-track course of studies towards a B.A. and subsequently enroll in the program, in addition to their own chosen discipline.

Students of the Ofakim Honors Program automatically receive a full scholarship for tuition fees in the 1st year of their studies as well as a scholarship for the 2nd and 3rd years conditional on fulfilling criteria for academic excellence (maintaining an average of at least 86).

The aim of the program is to train outstanding students in a variety of academic research tools, to familiarize them with the various disciplines, to develop high-level writing and analysis skills, and to encourage a critical and profound thought. The program strives to transform its students and graduates into leading interdisciplinary researchers in academia and as leaders of opinion and action in Israeli society.

The program is structured as a department of study for all intents and purposes, and is taught in the framework of a dual-disciplinary bachelor's degree, alongside another department for student selection (law, psychology, biology, history, philosophy, etc.). The program's students are required to complete 60 credits during their three years of study in the department (in addition to the requirements of the second department). These points consist of eight special courses for student selection, which are specially designed for the program and are replaced annually (16 credits), a foreign language course of choice (2 credits) and a final thesis (6 credits). Ofakim students may select from any university course to complete the remaining credits.

International Cooperation


In 2015, the University and the East China Normal University (ECNU) signed a first-of-its-kind agreement between an Israeli and Chinese institution to establish a joint research center in Shanghai. The agreement allows researchers from Haifa, together with their Chinese colleagues, to compete for research grants from the Chinese government, which is estimated to invest more than $40 billion a year in scientific research. The agreement will focus primarily on interdisciplinary studies in big data, biomedicine, neuroscience and environmental sciences. In addition, a faculty and student exchange agreement was signed. The joint campus formally opened its doors in 2016.

Texas A&M

In 2016, the University signed a cooperation agreement with the Texas A&M University to establish a network of research platforms off the coast of Israel. THEMO (Texas A&M - University of Haifa Eastern Mediterranean Observatory) is an observatory consisting of two sensor arrays attached to 2.25m diameter surface buoys. THEMO includes a shallow mooring (125 m) in the coastal zone of the Levant Basin of the Mediterranean Sea, and a deep mooring (1500 m) located 50 km from the northern shores of Haifa after the continental shelf. The strategic and scientific venture connects common environmental interests of the two university sites through the monitoring and comparison of processes associated with two similar bodies of water – the Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Texas A&M University established a similar array of buoys in the Gulf of Mexico, following the massive oil spill in 2010.


In March 2017, University President Prof. Ron Rubin signed an agreement with the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CASIA) and Chinese billionaire Zhong Qinghuo to establish a joint international institute in the field of applied artificial intelligence and technology. The University of Haifa and the Chinese Academy of Sciences will focus on the development of innovative artificial intelligence technologies in a variety of fields: developing eye tracking technologies for use in various smartphone applications; image processing and big data for medical applications; sophisticated image processing that increases resolution in deep water images; biometric identification and traffic control technologies, and more. Prof. Robin visited China as a member of an Israeli delegation accompanying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Construction of the Institute will be carried out by the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, with construction scheduled to be completed by 2019. Research activities will take place at the Haifa and Beijing campuses simultaneously, through exchanges of researchers. A designated committee will choose projects and areas of interest to focus on, and recruit the most talented researchers from both countries.

International Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

As of July 2019, the University of Haifa has 493 MOUs, including universities in India, Russia, Argentina, Canada, Germany, the United States, Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Carmel-Haifa University Economic Corporation

Carmel-Haifa serves as the commercialization and business arm of the University and is responsible for protecting and commercializing its intellectual property for the benefit of the public and humanity.  Carmel's uniqueness lies in the extraordinary variety of research fields it offers to business companies: natural sciences and pharma, biotechnology and bioagriculture, computer sciences, environmental sciences, education, data sciences and big data. Carmel serves as an incubator for new start-ups and has established the Carmel Innovations Fund, which provides initial seed funding, in addition to providing facilities, labs, mentoring and marketing assistance, and it facilitates collaborations. ArtsAvit Ltd, which develops cancer medical treatment that exploits the cells' process of apoptosis, received an investment by Merck, the international pharmaceutical company. Protekt, which develops a drug for Alzheimer's disease, received funding from pharmaceutical companies, including Johnson & Johnson.



The Office of the Dean of Students administers three different types of scholarships for undergraduate students: financial aid, academic merit scholarships and community service scholarships. Many of the scholarships are provided via supporting foundations and friends of the University. In addition, the Graduate Studies Authority provides financial aid and academic merit scholarships to graduate and postgraduate students. Additional details about the scholarships, which are updated from time to time, are available on the websites of the relevant units.


The University's dormitories have about 1,100 beds, providing a range of residential options including singles, married couples, Mechina students, undergraduate and graduate degrees, students with disabilities and guests. The dormitory complex includes a moadon (club room), laundry rooms, a mini market, computer rooms and additional services for the residents. The staff of the dormitories goes to great lengths to ensure the well-being of the residents and works to maintain a vibrant and cohesive community life while conducting various social activities. University of Haifa student housing includes on campus options (Federman, Talia and Britannia), as well as an off campus option in the nearby Romema neighborhood (Shikma).

Student Union

The University Student Union works on behalf of the University's students on a wide range of topics and fields.

Hecht Museum

The Hecht Museum at the University of Haifa was inaugurated in 1984, at the initiative of the late Dr. Reuben Hecht, founder of the "Dagon Silos" in the port of Haifa and a founding member of the University of Haifa Board of Governors. From his youth, Dr. Hecht was interested in the archaeology of the Land of Israel, and he diligently collected archaeological artifacts representing the material culture of the Land of Israel in ancient times.

Dr. Hecht believed that archeology is one of the most important expressions of Zionism, and that these ancient findings are proof of the connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

The museum is only archeological museum in Israel situated on a university campus.  It offers a rich and unique collection of archaeological artifact and an exclusive art collection.  It is also the home of the "Old Ship from Ma'agan Michael". The remains of the ship were discovered in 1985 and were transferred to the University by Prof. Elisha Linder of the Institute for Maritime Studies of the University. The ship was dated back some 2,500 years ago, and the fact that it was buried almost entirely beneath the sand preserved the skeleton of the wooden ship. This helped researchers to preserve and reconstruct the ship using a complex chemical process that took seven years to complete. The skeleton of the surviving ship is on permanent display at the Hecht Museum.

In 2017, the University's researchers, headed by Prof. Yaacov Kahanov, with the cooperation of the Israel Antiquities Authority, completed the building of a replica of the ship. The construction project used the same ancient methods as those used by the shipbuilders 2,500 years ago. In March 2017, a few days after Prof. Kahanoff passed away, the ship was launched and set sail again.

The Museum has three permanent art displays – The Oscar Ghez Collection: Ghez Collection: Works by Jewish artists who perished in the Holocaust; Jewish Art from Mid-19th to Early 20th Century: Dutch, German and Eastern artists.  Works by Van-Gogh, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Soutine, Modigliani, Israels, Struck, and others; and French Painting 1830-1930: Barbizon School, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, School of Paris.

About two years before Dr. Hecht's passing in April 1993, he began planning an expansion of the Museum.  The management of the University of Haifa and the directors of the Hecht Foundation continued with this initiative, and the new wing of the Museum was inaugurated in October 1998.

The museum now offers a specially designed PIL Intelligent Museum Guide for visitors, developed through a collaborative partnership between the University of Haifa and the Italian Institute for Scientific and Technological Research.

Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library

Main Article - Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library

The University Institute of Haifa's library was established in 1963 and housed in the Erdstein House on Y.L. Perets Street. When the University Institute moved to Merkaz HaCarmel, the library moved with it. In the early 1970s, construction of the Library in its current location commenced. In keeping with the architect's conception of a “university under one roof,” the Library was founded as a central library serving all the faculties, constituting an academic center where people from varied disciplines would interact for mutual enrichment. In 2007, Younes and Soraya Nazarian, leading members of the community of expatriate Iranian Jews in Los Angeles, made a generous donation to the University for the purpose of renovating and expanding the Library, including construction of a new wing. The library is among the largest in Israel's academic libraries and one of the largest central libraries in the Middle East.

University of Haifa Press

The University of Haifa Press was established at the beginning of the 1980s and during its first decade of operations published 43 titles and four periodicals. Titles published by the University of Haifa Press are combining academic excellence and stylistic finesse in a variety of fields that are of significant interest to the educated public.  In recent years, the University of Haifa Press has initiated the translation into Hebrew of works that are considered classics in their fields. It has also established certain academic series in different areas of study, and holds the annual competition for the Ya'acov Bahat Prize.

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.

Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust is a prestigious bilingual academic journal published by the University of Haifa and the Beit Lohamei Ha-Getaot, available on line and in print, is read by thousands around the world where anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial is rampant.

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

University Awards

The Bahat Prize

The Bahat Prize is a literary award given by the University of Haifa Press and the Jacob Bahat Foundation in memory of Prof. Bahat, one of the founders of the Department of Hebrew Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Haifa.  The prize is the highest award given to an Israeli scholar for a non-fiction work and, since 1998, has been awarded annually for "an original and high-quality manuscript in Hebrew that has not been published elsewhere, and which is of interest to the general public."  As of 2015, the Prize awards a total of NIS 140,000 to Israeli scholars each year.

The Chaikin Prize

The Chaikin Prize for NIS 75,000 is given each year to an Israeli scholar who has published a new non-fiction book (in addition to a manuscript) in the past three years on the geostrategy of Israel and the Middle East.  The prize is awarded in a ceremony held on the anniversary of the death of Reuven Chaikin, in the presence of the University President or Rector, with a representative of the Chaikin Chair for Geostrategy.  The Ceremony takes place in January, following the publication of the results.  The award was established posthumously by Reuven Chaikin who wished to recognize the achievements of the Chaikin Chair of Geostrategy.

Fattal Award

The Fattal Prize in Law Research is given each year by the University of Haifa Faculty of Law in memory of Adv. Joseph Fattal, and was established with the generosity of his sons, Itzik and David Fattal. The prize is awarded each year in a specific area of legal research that has been determined by the Prize's Steering Committee, which is composed of faculty members from the four Law Faculties in Israel.  The Committee also awards NIS 30,000 to an outstanding Israeli scholar (under the age of 50) based on academic achievements and research excellence.

Israel Prize Winners

Name Faculty/Department Israel Prize in Year
Professor Dina Feitelson Faculty of Education Education 1953
Professor David Navon Department of Psychology Social Sciences 1992
Professor Arie Shapira Department of Music Composing 1994
Professor Natan Zach Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature Hebrew Poetry 1995
Professor A. B. Yehoshua Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature Hebrew Literature 1995
Professor Yitzhak Zamir Faculty of Law Law Research 1997
Professor A. B. Yehoshua Department of Hebrew Literature Literature 1999
Professor Meir Wieseltier Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature Literature and Music Composers 2000
Professor Gavriel Salomon Faculty of Education Education Research 2001
Professor Asher Koriat Department of Psychology Psychology Research 2002
Professor Zvi Ben-Avraham School of Marine Sciences Earth Sciences Research 2003
Professor Miriam Ben-Peretz Faculty of Education Education Research 2006
Professor Sammy Smooha Department of Sociology and Anthropology Sociology Research 2008
Professor Tuvya Ruebner Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature Hebrew Poetry 2008
Professor Ya'acov Dorchin Department of Fine Arts Visual Arts 2011
Professor Eviatar Nevo Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology Life Sciences Research 2016
Professor Deborah Bernstein Department of Sociology Sociology and Anthropology Research 2019

EMET Prize Faculty Laureates

Name Dept/Faculty Year Field
Prof. Yaacov Dulchin Dept. of Art 2004 Art and Culture in Painting and Sculpture
Myriam Yardeni Dept of General History 2007 Humanities, History
Prof. Yitzhak Zamir Faculty of Law 2014 Social Sciences. Law
Prof. Miriam Ben -Peretz Faculty of Education 2015 Social Sciences, Education and Advancement of Education
Prof. Avraham B. Yehoshua Dept of Hebrew and Comparative Literature 2016 Art and Literature
Prof. Ronit Matalan Dept of Hebrew and Comparative Literature 2017 Art and Culture, Literature
Prof. Michal Sobel Department of General History 2019 General History


  • University President – Professor Ron Robin
  • University Rector – Professor Gustavo Mesch
  • President, Board of Governors – Mr. Bradley Bloom

See also


  1. "About the University". Retrieved 12 December 2019.
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