Facts About the University


Mission Statement

The University of Haifa seeks to:

  • Provide higher education opportunities for diverse and talented students in the Galilee and throughout the country.
  • Promote advanced and interdisciplinary research to benefit Israeli society and contribute to the world.
  • Cultivate social responsibility through applied research and community leadership.


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Honorary Doctorates

Political leaders and internationally renowned individuals — President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover, Former South African President and Nobel Prize winner Frederik Willem de Klerk, Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz, Former Vice Chancellor of Germany Joschka Fischer, First President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel, Former US Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, Former Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz, Secretary-General of the Bahá’í International Community Dr. Albert Lincoln, President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres, Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin, Baronness Ariane de Rothschild, Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom Jonathan Sacks, World renowned violinist and conductor Isaac Stern, Spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel Shaykh Mowafak Tarif, actor Chaim Topol and many others

Business leaders and philanthropists — Paul Amir, Leon H. Charney, Steve Forbes, Lady Irene Heller, Younes Nazarian, Shira and Jay Ruderman, Lily Safra, Sami Sagol, Alan B. Slifka, Ernst Strauss, Alfred Tauber, Ted Turner, and many others.


The Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library

Holding the second largest collection in Israel, the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Library at the University of libraryHaifa is the largest academic library in Israel, with over 2.5 million books and electronic research tools.  Every year, the collection increases by approximately 40,000 titles.

The library is named in honor of generous benefactors Younes and Soraya Nazarian of Los Angeles, CA, pictured at right.

The library serves the entire university community for study, instruction and research. It has built a long-standing reputation among the academic and professional community in Israel and abroad.

children's libraryThe library is known for the quality and richness of its collections, for its rare books and manuscripts, its extensive range of services, advanced information technologies, and especially for its attentive staff of highly qualified academikc information specialists.


Our Green Campus

In 2008, the University was certified by the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection as a ”Green Campus” to strengthen its green and environmental status, to promote the conservation of precious resources, and to bring about an improvement in process efficiency

Campus area: 197 acres (8,611,000 sq. feet)

Built area: 2,102,000 sq. feet -13 buildings, including the new Hatter Student Building

Under construction: 48,400 sq. feet – new Library wing


Total 2014-2015 Budget

$215 million, 835 million NIS

58%  Government allocations

24%  Students (tuition and other fees)

9% Donations

9% Other


2014/2015 University Community

20,587 Students

Ph.D.: 1,368

M.A: 7,716

B.A: 8,580

Certificate Degrees: 253

International Students: 734

Non-academic Degree: 1,183

Pre-Academic: 753

Distribution of Students by Department

Social Sciences:  5,497

Humanities:  4,932

Social Welfare and Health Sciences:  4,856

Education:  1,967

Law:  963

Natural Sciences:  867

Management:  572

Teaching & Research Staff: 1,214

Managerial Staff: 788


Programs and Degrees

Degrees offered: Bachelor’s (B.A.), Master’s (M.A.), Doctoral (Ph.D.), and Diploma

Special Programs (partial listing):

  • Programs in cooperation with the Israel Defense Forces: M.A. program for senior IDF officers
  • B.A. for the Intelligence Corps; B.A. for Naval officers; B.A. for the Tactical Command Academy
  • Leadership programs (graduate) for Jews and Arabs in business, education ,and political science
  • Social work, nursing, and occupational therapy studies for the ultra-religious community
  • International School for international students to study on a non-degree basis for a summer, semester, or full academic year
  • Pre-Academic Unit to prepare University candidates to achieve the necessary criteria for admission to the University


Academic and Research Faculties

The University comprises seven faculties and 56 departments: Education, Humanities, Law, Management, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Social Welfare and Health Studies; and eight Schools: Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences, Graduate School of Creative Art Therapies, Art, Criminology, History, Political Sciences, Public Health, and Social Work.

Innovative and cutting edge research is concentrated in 64 Research Centers and Institutes (partial listing), including study of psychological stress, information processing and decision-making, evolution, the Holocaust; maritime studies, natural and environmental resources, shipping and aviation, Research facilities include: the Jewish-Arab Center, Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel, Study of Crime, Law, and Society, Study of Pilgrimage, Tourism and Recreation; Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Emotions; International Brain and Behavior Research Center; Center for Democratic Studies; Center for Law and Technology; Center for Research of Education for Peace; and the Center for National Security Studies and Geostrategy.