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University of Haifa Turns 50: Israeli University Expands Global Impact

Home to 17,000 students, the University of Haifa is closely linked to Mount Carmel, the city of Haifa and the Mediterranean Sea. For 50 years, we have fostered academic excellence through interdisciplinary research and innovation in a community based on collaboration, tolerance and diversity.

Today, the University of Haifa seeks to expand its global impact by setting ambitious and essential goals for the well-being of our global society. Our academic strategic plan aligns with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at ending poverty, hunger and discrimination. The renowned Times Higher Education Impact Rankings ranks the University of Haifa as the sole representative of Israel in the global survey evaluating the work of institutions to achieve these goals.

Our inimitable proximity to the mountains, the city and the sea has inspired the problem-solving approach we are implementing in the midst of the University’s 50th anniversary: ​​think locally, act globally. Working from “living labs”, we are able to access and harness the talents and resources that extend beyond our immediate communities to investigate and implement global solutions.

Building on 50 years of success

For our 50th anniversary, we are launching a $150 million fundraising campaign to build infrastructure and expand research in the areas of equality, environment, health and human sciences, as well as technology for maximize our impact on the global challenges of the 21st century. With this investment, the University will build on the successes of the past 50 years and go further than ever to provide access and resources to our diverse student body, establish new fields of study, recruit and retain the best teachers and expand our spaces for innovation. The ultimate goal of our campaign is to unlock game-changing discoveries within our natural “Mountain-City-Sea” laboratories with global implications for the planet’s changing climate and evolving societies.

Think locally

At the University of Haifa, the road to global impact starts locally. We are committed to creating a new, broad and inclusive middle class – a community of Israeli citizens ready to meet the challenges of the future.

Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, international students and security personnel study and socialize together in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect on our campus. The faculty is 50% female and 40% of the student body is Arab (70% female). Many students are recent immigrants, others represent the first generation of their families to attend university.

The University of Haifa also runs various initiatives that proactively promote coexistence – including the Jewish-Arab Community Leadership Program, which facilitates dialogue and multicultural social interaction between Jewish and Arab students through joint community projects. , and the Haifa Innovation Labs, a start-up incubator whose programs focus on social innovation and impact entrepreneurship.

Additionally, as a multi-campus institution integrating disciplines, people, and places, we function as a driving force for economic development that secures and stabilizes northern Israel.

Act globally

By leveraging the talents we cultivate locally, we are able to address pressing global challenges, in line with the United Nations SDGs.

It starts with climate change, which is widely recognized as the most pressing issue facing humanity. The University of Haifa is committed to interdisciplinary research that will reverse the negative effects of global climate change and restore our ecosystem for a safe and healthy future. Our laboratory for combating climate change is the Mediterranean Sea, an optimal research environment due to its semi-enclosed basin and its status as one of the most reactive seas to climate change.

In January 2022, the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa launched a new five-year program with the Germany-based GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel. The two institutions have formed the new Eastern Mediterranean Sea Center, where a core team of 30 researchers and students are studying the Mediterranean as a model early warning system that informs us about future conditions in the world’s oceans.

Another partnership, between our Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies and the Scripps Center for Marine Archeology, studies the impact of long-term climate change and sea level rise on cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean. This research will help us better understand how environmental changes affect ancient societies around the world.

Our global mission continues with the issue of water scarcity. The Charney School recognizes the importance of seawater desalination for the future and has identified two important issues which will have major environmental and health implications – the quality of water as a source of drinking water must be insured; and desalination by-products must be considered and reduced. The school monitors these issues to protect the coastal and marine environment in Israel and provides guidance on how to do so globally.

The Charney School also focuses on feeding the world’s growing population, exploring the flora and fauna of the oceans as potential food sources. Meanwhile, evolutionary biologists at our Faculty of Natural Sciences are cultivating fava beans as the next generation of superfoods.

Professor Assaf Distelfeld and researchers at the Institute of Evolution add an important piece to the food security puzzle. (University of Haifa)

Recognize our partners and friends

In recognition of the University’s 50 milestonee anniversary, the American Society of the University of Haifa wishes to recognize and thank our founding partners and friends whose generosity and commitment have shaped and sustained 50 years of breakthroughs for the advancement of global society.

Visionary philanthropic leadership has recently emerged through the inauguration of the Bloom School of Graduate Studies, which establishes a pioneering interdisciplinary academic structure for doctoral students and postdocs. Additionally, the Lady Barbara Davis Wild Cereal Gene Bank also supported by the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, as well as the dedication of the Herta and Paul Amir Technical Campus, the Herta and Paul Amir Health Sciences Building and from the Herta and Paul Amir faculty. of Social Sciences, will expand the University’s research to maximize its impact on the global challenges of the 21st century.

Thank you for making the University’s 50th anniversary a time of significant growth and expansion as together we plan for the next 50 years and influence future generations.

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