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Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) is an Israeli university located in Jerusalem founded in 1918.


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is an Israeli research university, and is the second oldest institution in the country. The university has produced seven Nobel Prize winners, four Israeli presidents, and three prime ministers of Israel. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. They also offer some free courses through the online platform Coursera. Asher Cohen is currently the president of HUJI.

The main HUJI campuses are Mount Scopus and Edmond J. Safra (Givat Ram), which are both located in Jerusalem. There are four faculties housed in other HUJI campuses: The Faculty of Medicine in Ein Kerem, in Jerusalem; the Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot; the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Beit Dagan; and the Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat.

Faculties and Schools
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Mathematics & Sciences
  • Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dental Medicine
  • School of Business Administration
  • Rachel & Selim Benin School of Computer Science & Engineering
  • Paul Baerwald School of Social Work & Social Welfare
  • Braun School of Public Health And Community Medicine
  • School of Pharmacy
  • The Seymour Fox School of Education
  • Koret School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Federmann School of Public Policy & Government
  • Advanced School of Environmental Studies
  • Rothberg International School
  • Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences
  • Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Quick Facts
  • 23,500 students
  • 973 researchers
  • 7 faculties
  • 6 campuses
  • 14 schools
  • Over 200 majors and programs
  • Over 5,000 courses

Awards granted to faculty and Alumni include the following:

  • One Fields Medal in Mathematics
  • One Turing Award in Computer Science
  • One Canada Gairdner International Award
  • Eight Nobel Prizes
  • Fourteen Wolf Prizes
  • Forty-six EMET Prizes
  • One hundred Rothschild Prizes
  • 294 Israel Prizes

HUJI was originally founded by a group of Zionists, inspired largely by Chaim Weizmann. The foundation stones of the school were laid on Mount Scopus in 1918; however, the university was not fully established until 1925. Prior to its official opening, Albert Einstein gave a lecture at HU in 1923. The original Board of Governors for the university included Chaim Weizmann, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Cyrus Adler, Yehuda Magnes, Ahad Ha'am, and Rabbi Avraham Kook. The gala opening of the university took place in 1925, along with the establishment of the Einstein Institute of Mathematics. Despite hardships throughout WWII and the Yom Kippur War of 1973, HUJI continued to grow and expand its faculties, campuses, and student enrollment over the years, reaching around 16,000 students in the 1980s and close to 23,000 by the mid-1990s.


September 1, 2017
Asher Cohen becomes the 14th President of HUJI.
April 1949
The Israel-Jordan Armistice Agreement is concluded and the university resumes a few months later.
May 14, 1948
The State of Israel is established.
November 1947
Due to riots and fighting, along with the UN partitioning of Palestine, the University's activities are suspended.
April 1, 1925
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is officially opened.

The Einstein Institute of Mathematics was also established at this time.

Albert Einstein gives the first lecture at HUJI on his theory of relativity.
July 24, 1918
The foundation stones for the University are laid at Mt. Scopus by Chaim Weizmann.
A motion is passed by the Zionist Congress in favor of establishing the university.


Further Resources


Construction of the Hebrew University


July 9, 2015

Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ranking | CWUR World University Rankings 2018-2019



Science X staff
August 16, 2021
In our increasingly industrialized world, what we produce "out there" has a direct impact on what happens in here, inside our bodies. A new study by Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) reveals the link between rates of metal production and toxic lead exposure in humans. The research team closely examined human remains from a burial ground in central Italy that was in consecutive use for 12,000 years.
June 25, 2021
Israeli researchers said Thursday they had found bones belonging to a "new type of early human" previously unknown to science, shedding new light on the course of human evolution.
Elizabeth Landau
June 21, 2021
Researchers in Israel have recently detailed progress in developing sensors that light up in the presence of a chemical linked to land mines and other deadly explosives.
Brooke Taylor
April 27, 2021
Research lead by Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Toronto was able to date prehistoric human activity in Wonderwerk Cave to nearly two million years ago.
Science X staff
April 26, 2021
Few sites in the world preserve a continuous archaeological record spanning millions of years. Wonderwerk Cave, located in South Africa's Kalahari Desert, is one of those rare sites. Meaning "miracle" in Afrikaans, Wonderwerk Cave has been identified as potentially the earliest cave occupation in the world and the site of some of the earliest indications of fire use and tool making among prehistoric humans.


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