Tel Aviv University

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אוניברסיטת תל אביב
Tel Aviv University
founding 1956
Sponsorship state
place Tel Aviv IsraelIsraelIsrael 
president Joseph fathoms
Students ~ 30,000

The University of Tel Aviv ( Hebrew אוניברסיטת תל אביב Ūnīversīṭat Tel Avīv ) is one of Israel's largest universities and has around 30,000 students. The language of instruction and administration is mostly New Hebrew .


The university consists of nine faculties , which are divided into 90 institutes .


The forerunners were several smaller universities and institutes. Well-known are the University of Law and Economics, which was founded in 1935 and, as a universal teaching institution, already included the faculties of law, economics , administration and politics, business administration and tax law , the biological- pedagogical institute established in 1931 and the institute for Jewish studies .

Cymbalista Synagogue on campus

The first two were the very first higher education institutions in Tel Aviv. In 1955 the Trubowicz building opened (בניין טרובוביץ`, also called "red house"), which was used as a permanent location for the University of Law and Economics and formed the beginning of the university campus in the Tel Aviv district of Ramat Aviv .

The Arab village of al-Sheikh Muannes ( Arabic : الشيخ مؤنس), whose inhabitants fled due to the Arab-Israeli war of 1948 and were then prevented from returning and - if not already deceased - was originally located on the bottom of this district . Today's university campus is largely on the land of the former village. Parts of the university's land were legally bought, but not others. The only surviving house in the village on the university campus now houses the university's clubhouse.

In order to summarize the various universities and institutes, various initiatives were started in the 1950s. One of these was brought into being by the then Tel Aviv Mayor Chaim Levanon and was ultimately able to prevail. The various institutions were merged in 1956 and the founding of the university was announced on June 6 of the same year. Professor Israel Efrat became the university's first director. In 1960 the first parts were recognized by the high education committee in Israel, later more and more faculties gained academic recognition.

In 1978, the Beit Hatefutsot - Nahum Goldmann Diaspora Museum , named after the founder and long-time president of the World Jewish Congress , was opened on the premises of the university . In 1998 the Cymbalista Synagogue designed by Mario Botta was built. In Germany the university cooperates with the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main . Both cities are linked by a longstanding partnership.

In December 2015, university administration banned administrative staff from speaking Arabic to students, even though Arabic is one of the two official languages ​​of Israel and the mother tongue of 10-15 percent of Tel Aviv University students. According to a report in the Haaretz newspaper in February 2016, the ban was lifted again. On October 1, 2016, the university signed a cooperation agreement with the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg . This primarily includes the exchange of students and teachers as well as joint cultural activities and research collaborations.

On August 4, 2018, two teams of the University of Tel Aviv University Championships have Debating in Serbian Novi Sad won. Amichay Even-Chen and Ido Kotler won the English as a Foreign Language category. Last year's winners Noam Dahan and Tom Manor won this year in the English as mother tongue category.

In March 2019 it became known that since 2014 students from Africa and Asia who were officially supposed to study a fifteen-month master's program at Tel Aviv University had actually only actually studied at the university for one month and illegally on farms for the rest of the time had to do up to sixteen hours a day of physical work unrelated to their training. The students came to Israel on student visas and were therefore not allowed to work. The university received numerous complaints about this program, but they were not initially followed up. The university's deputy rector, Raanan Rein, said: “We had some doubts at the beginning, but the program has proven to be a great success.” Only after the daily Haaretz reported on the students' complaints about “slave labor” and about court hearings for exploitation and reported illegal employment, the university said the program was of "high academic standards" but the university would set up a team to investigate the allegations.

Well-known lecturers

The Smolars Auditorium

Well-known graduates

Web links

Commons : Tel Aviv University  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  4. Website of the Zochrot Organization , 2006, English, Hebrew, Arabic
  5. ^ Yarden Skop: Tel Aviv University Tells Call Center Workers Not to Speak Arabic. In: Haaretz, February 17, 2016;
    Yarden Skop: Tel Aviv University Retracts Ban on Arabic in Call Center Following Haaretz Report. In: Haaretz , February 17, 2016;
    Israeli Arabs Should Be Free to Speak Arabic Everywhere. In: Haaretz, February 18, 2016.
  6. ^ Yarden Skop: Tel Aviv University Tells Call Center Workers Not to Speak Arabic. In: Haaretz, February 17, 2016.
  7. New partner university in Israel. Retrieved March 22, 2020 .
  8. Tel Aviv University wins Debattier-EM In: , August 8, 2018, accessed on August 10, 2018.
  9. Lee Yaron, Josh Breiner: "I Feel Exploited": African, Asian Students at Tel Aviv University Put to Work on Farms for Degree. In: Haaretz , March 8, 2019; Lee Yaron, Josh Breiner: Tel Aviv University to Examine 'Slave Labor' Claims by Foreign Farming Students. In: Haaretz , March 10, 2019; Lee Yaron, Josh Breiner: Top Tel Aviv University Staff Backs Field Labor for Students From Africa, Asia Haaretz , March 12, 2019.
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Coordinates: 32 ° 6 ′ 50 ″  N , 34 ° 48 ′ 15 ″  E