Timeline of Innovation

      1. 1913-1952

      • 1. 1913-1952
      • 2. 1953-1972
      • 3. 1981-2008
      • 4. 2009-PRESENT

      1. 1913-1952

      A prestigious history, the foundation for a promising future.

      The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU) was born from an idea proposed in 1913 by Chaim Weizmann. His enthusiasm for the project was shared by other visionaries at the time, among them Albert Einstein, Martin Buber, and Sigmund Freud. Three years after the symbolic foundation stones were laid on Mount Scopus in 1918, Weizmann and Einstein set out across the U.S. to promote and raise funds for the university. Seven years later, on April 1, 1925, HU opened its doors.

      Since its inception, outstanding leaders have propelled the university’s growth and excellence. HU’s award-winning faculty includes Nobel laureates, Israel Prize winners, a Fields Medalist, members of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, leading scientists, academics, authors, and policy makers. Distinguished alumni include Israeli Prime Ministers, two female Supreme Court Presidents, as well as 25% of Knesset members, and two thirds of Israel’s Supreme Court Justices. For nine decades, Israel has relied on HU for leadership in every sphere and for its unwavering and unparalleled commitment to excellence, multiculturalism, pluralism, and the cause for peace.

      1913

      The 11th Zionist Congress passes a motion in favor of the establishment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

      1918

      The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is founded on Mount Scopus; cornerstone laid

      1925

      Gala opening of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

      1931

      HU awards its first degrees, the Master of Arts, to 13 graduates

      1935

      The Hebrew University issues certificates enabling young European Jewish refugees to enter the country and study in Jerusalem; Faculty of Science established, with Chaim Weizmann appointed dean

      1936

      First doctoral degrees conferred

      1939

      The pre-Faculty of Medicine opens and includes Departments of Parasitology, Bacteriology, and Hygiene

      1940

      The entire ridge of Mount Scopus overlooking the Old City is earmarked for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

      1942

      The School of Agriculture opens on the Rehovot campus

      1947

      The Hebrew University grows to be a large, well-established research and teaching institution encompassing several new Faculties, as well as the Jewish National and University Library, a university press, and an Adult Education Center

      1948

      The provisional Israeli government recognizes the Hebrew University as a “central scientific institution of the State of Israel”

      1949

      The new Faculty of Medicine officially opens; Faculty of Law, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, and Adult Education Center are established

      1952

      The first M.D. degrees are awarded to students who had begun their training abroad

      2. 1953-1972

      1958

      Dedication of the Givat Ram campus (eventually named the Edmond J. Safra Campus at Givat Ram)

      1960

      Dedication of the Ein Kerem medical campus

      1961

      The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem opens

      1964

      Yissum Research Development Company established to patent university research and technology and to promote university partnerships with industry

      1965

      The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace is established on the Mount Scopus campus; The Truman Institute was the first and remains the largest research center in Israel and the Middle East to examine conflict resolution and propose peaceful solutions for the region

      1967

      The number of faculties and schools is greatly expanded; enrollment exceeds 12,500; temporarily relocated, HU is slated to return to its original home on Mount Scopus following the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War

      1972

      The Faculty of Medicine expands with the addition of the Henrietta Szold-Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing and the Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Occupational Therapy

      3. 1981-2008

      1981

      HU continues to grow, with the addition of new buildings, establishment of new programs, and recruitment of outstanding scholars, researchers and students

      1985

      Opening of the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine

      1997

      The D. Walter Cohen Center for Dental Education in the Middle East is created to bring together dentists from the region to engage in joint research projects and learn their colleagues’ respective techniques

      1998

      The School for Overseas Students is renamed the Rothberg International School

      2000

      HU’s Givat Ram campus is named the Edmond J. Safra Campus, in honor of the leading philanthropist and founder of the Republic National Bank of New York

      2002

      Daniel Kahneman, a professor at Princeton University and a fellow of HU’s Center for the Study of Rationality and Interactive Decision Theory, is the co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

      2004

      Three HU graduates become Nobel Prize laureates in Physics, and Chemistry

      2005

      Robert J. Aumann, professor emeritus at HU’s Center for Rationality and a faculty member for five decades, is the co- recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his groundbreaking work in game theory

      2006

      Roger Kornberg of Stanford University, a visiting professor at HU’s Department of Biological Chemistry for the past 20 years, wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription

      2008

      The 90th anniversary of the Hebrew University’s cornerstone laying

      4. 2009-present

      2009

      Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) established

      2011

      Establishment of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

      2013

      Groundbreaking for the Suzanne and Charles Goodman Brain Sciences Building

      2014

      Dedication of the Rothberg Family Buildings housing the Benin School of Engineering and Computer Science

      2015

      • Hebrew University celebrates its 90th anniversary, the 50th anniversary of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the 100th Anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity
      • Launch of the new building housing the Jack, Joseph and Morton School of Advance Studies in the Humanities
      • Partnership with Cleveland Clinic for Center for Transformative Nanomedicine

      2018

      Hebrew University and global Friends groups celebrate the centennial anniversary since laying the university’s cornerstones by launching HU’s first Global Giving Day.

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