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About the University

Tel Aviv University came into being through the dedicated efforts of visionaries who foresaw the need for an additional university in Israel’s rapidly growing central region.

In the 1930s
In the 1930s

the idea was promoted by then mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizengoff, with whose encouragement two post-secondary education facilities were opened during the British Mandate period: The Biological-Pedagogical Institute and the School of Law and Economics.

on August 16, 1953
on August 16, 1953

the idea was eventually realized when the Municipal Council of Tel Aviv-Jaffa decided to transform the Biological-Pedagogical Institute into the Academic Institute of Natural Sciences, under the leadership of Prof. Heinrich Mendelssohn, which would “form the core of a future university.” It was located at the Abu Kabir campus in southern Tel Aviv, and had 24 students in its first year.

In the 1930s
In the 1930s

an additional institute was founded in Tel Aviv: the Academic Institute of Jewish Studies. The University library was founded, new study tracks were opened, a teaching staff was formed, laboratories and classrooms were built on the Abu Kabir campus and an administration was established.

1955 year
1955 year

In the 1955-1956 academic year, the two institutes had 130 students.

In 1955
In 1955

Meanwhile, the cornerstone of the School of Law and Economics’ permanent home, the Trubowicz Building, was laid in Ramat Aviv.

In 1959
In 1959

The building was constructed.

In November, 1969 year
In November, 1969 year

the University received full accreditation from the Council for Higher Education, opened new faculties and moved to the new campus in Ramat Aviv under the direction of Dr. George Wise.

In the early 1970s
In the early 1970s

the University opened two more faculties: Engineering and Arts, and in 1972, Dr. George Wise completed his term as TAU President and was elected as the first Chancellor. The University now had nine faculties with 12,000 students.

In 2012
In 2012

TAU it was the 4th youngest among the world’s top 100 universities.

Today
Today

Tel Aviv University is now Israel's largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning, with over 30,000 students studying across nine faculties, 29 schools and 98 departments. TAU's rise as a world-renowned university in a mere fifty years demonstrates the power of vision and dedication.

In numbers

30,000students

14,000students holding Master of Humanities and Ph.D. degrees

1,000senior teaching staff

209heads of department

9
faculties
127
campuses and departments
130
research centres and institutes
17
affiliated hospitals
80Hectares
1956year of founding