University of Haifa

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Mottoמצויינות אקדמית מתחילה ביחס אישי
HeadquartersHaifa, Israel
Many Arab-Israeli students, very few among faculty.

The University of Haifa is a public research university on the top of Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. The university was founded in 1963 by the mayor of its host city, Abba Hushi, to operate under the academic auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


18,100 students study a wide variety of specialties, including social sciences, humanities, law and education. It is broadly divided into six faculties: humanities, social sciences, law, science and science education, social services, as well as health and education sciences. Beyond the goal of providing good higher education, the University of Haifa aims to bring equal educational opportunities to all sectors of society, and in particular to encourage mutual understanding and understanding and cooperation between Jewish and Arab populations on and off campus.

The university is home to the Hecht Museum of Archeology and Art and several research centers and institutes including the Institute for Evolution, the Center for the Study of the Information Society, the Center for the Study National Security, Tourism Research Center and many others. The university also hosts a large IBM research center on its campus.


Among Israeli higher education institutions the University of Haifa has the largest percentage (41%) of Arab-Israeli students.[1]

According to the Israeli writer Yitzhak Laor, 20% of the students at Haifa University were Israeli Arabs in 2010, but not even 1% of the teaching staff and less than 0.5% of the administrative and technical staff. Laor accused the university of racist discrimination.[2]

Research Centers

Examples of the university research centers:[3]

  • 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[4]
  • The Weiss-Livnat International Center for Holocaust Research and Education[5]


Alumni on Wikispooks

Carmi GillonJanuary 1950Diplomat
Shin Bet leader who failed to provide adequate security during the 4 November 1995 assassination of Yitzhak Rabin
Mati KochaviJuly 1962IsraelSpook
Deep politician
Mati Kochavi is a billionaire Israeli spook, since 9-11 a 'high-tech mogul'. CEO of many high tech companies specialising in cutting edge "cyber-security" and "public safety" technologies.
Haneen Zoabi23 May 1969