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Tel Aviv University
אוניברסיטת תל אביב
Established 1956
Type Public
President Joseph Klafter
Rector Dany Leviatan
Vice-Presidents Yehiel Ben-Zvi, Ehud Gazit, Gary Sussman
Students 29,000
Location Israel Tel Aviv, Israel
Campus Urban
Leigh Engineering Faculty Boulevard

Tel Aviv University (TAU) (Hebrew: אוניברסיטת תל־אביבUniversitat Tel Aviv) is a public university located in Ramat Aviv, Israel.[1] In 2006, it had 29,000 students.



Located in Israel's cultural, financial and industrial center, Tel Aviv University is Israel's largest university. It is a major center of teaching and research, comprising nine faculties, 106 departments, and 90 research institutes. Its origins go back to 1956, when three research institutes - the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics, the Institute of Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Jewish Studies - joined together to form the University of Tel Aviv. Initially operated by the Tel Aviv municipality, the university was granted autonomy in 1963. The Ramat Aviv campus covering an area of 170-acre (0.69 km2) was established that same year.

The university also maintains academic supervision over the Center for Technological Design in Holon, the New Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo, and the Afeka College of Engineering in Tel Aviv. The Wise Observatory is located in Mitzpe Ramon.

Ramat Aviv campus

TAU received its autonomy from the Tel Aviv municipality in 1963, when its campus, in the northern Tel Aviv neighborhood of Ramat Aviv was established.

Buildings on the Ramat Aviv campus include:

Other university schools and programs include:

  • Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine
  • Constantiner School of Education
  • Porter School of Environmental Studies
  • Shapell School of Social Work
  • The School for Overseas Students
  • The Unit of Culture Research
  • Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research
  • Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas
  • Joseph Kelman School of Education

Relations with other universities

Smolarz Auditorium

Tel Aviv University offers special programs of Jewish studies to teachers and students from the United States, France, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. The programs are in English.

The School for Overseas Students gives young people from different countries the opportunity to study at Tel Aviv University. The program is in English and also offers the opportunity to live and study in a kibbutz.

The Tel Aviv University Law Faculty currently has exchange programs from thirteen overseas universities. Namely: Michigan, Northwestern, Penn, Virginia, Cornell, Boston University, Temple, Cardozo, Toronto, Bucerius (Hamburg), Monash (Melbourne), Milan, and Seoul National University [2] The university offers about 20 courses a year in English, recruiting many top lecturers from overseas to teach.

Other study opportunities for students from abroad are:

  • Master's Program in Middle Eastern Studies
  • The International MA Program in conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Master's Program in Biblical Archaeology
  • Summer Law Program co-sponsored by Temple University Law School
  • Sackler School of Medicine New York State/American Program
  • Wharton-Recanati-INSEAD-York Project in Management
  • International Executive MBA Program with the Kellogg School, Northwestern University
  • Spring Engineering Program with Boston University's College of Engineering
  • High-Tech Management School

In May 2007, New York University and Tel Aviv University approved a plan to establish an NYU Study Abroad Campus in Israel based at Tel Aviv University[3]


Notable faculty members (past and present) include:

Notable alumni

See also


External links

Coordinates: 32°06′50″N 34°48′15″E / 32.11389°N 34.80417°E / 32.11389; 34.80417



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