What is the link between the Tower of David and the University? Five students from the Department of Information Systems, led by Prof. Tsvi Kuflik, have developed sophisticated computerized systems to improve the visitor experience at the Tower of David in Jerusalem.
As always, we have continued to be the University with the most beautiful view in Israel – or perhaps the world…
These are four rare books from the 16-18th centuries, which underwent a complete library preservation process, and have returned to the University's Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library. Want to know more? Click on the picture
The Department of Land of Israel Studies celebrated 40 years since its establishment. "Land of Israel Studies is today a central department in the Faculty of the Humanities, more relevant than ever, with outstanding researchers and many students studying for all levels of degree" said Prof. Arie Kopski, Head of the Department.
A large marble slab, about 1,600 years old and unlike any other found before in Israel, was discovered at The Kursi Beach excavation by the Sea of Galillee, headed by Prof Michal Artzy and with with Dr Haim Cohen of the Sir Maurice and Lady Irene Hatter Laboratory for Coastal and Harbour Archaeology at the Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies. The find, in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Nature and Parks Authority’s may point to the existence of a Judeo Christian Settlement in the area earlier than had been thought.
The unique 'Corporal's Album' digital archive was launched by the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library. Jewish Soldier, Hans Kassub presented the photographic album to British Corporal Harold Theatre, his mentor in the British Army during the 1930s. It is a unique testimony of Israel's history in the 1930s, and is preserved for all in this University archive.
This year the University has continued to develop its international programs, attracting outstanding students from around the world. Pictured is the launch of the International MA in Child Development, headed by Prof. Avi Sagi Schwartz, who together with other guests was hosted at the gallery of Mr. Eytan Stibbe, one of the generous supporters of the program.
We have been written about in the news: 10,483 is the number of mentions of the University in national and international media, covering various studies, events, references to current events and so on.
Two heads are better than one! At the Ecology Laboratory led by Prof. Leon Blaustein, a two-headed salamander tadpole was discovered which caused ripples around the world. Researchers theorized that such cases of deformity may be linked with sensitivity to pollution.
Dozens of soldiers and policemen took part in a traditional navy torch relay, which this year was dedicated to the memory of Commander Itzik Melina, blessed be his memory, who was killed in the Carmel Fire Tragedy. The relay passes throughout the city of Haifa and symbolizes the link between the Navy and the community.
In 2015, researchers from the University sought near and far, from below the ground to the depths of the sea. Pictured: Dr. Ehud Galili and Dr. Deborah Cvikel of the Leon Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies, and the Zinman Institute of Archeology who revealed an ancient well approximately 7,700 years old from a Neolithic era settlement.
During the year, solar panels were installed near the parking lot at the Eshkol Tower, as part of a new study by the Kadas Green Roofs Ecology Research Center into the synergy between solar panels and green roofs. In the coming months, it is expected that such a green research roof will be established in the Israeli Knesset!
The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, set up before the University was established, celebrated its golden jubilee this year. Approximately 4,000 students have passed through its gates since then, in a whole range of areas of operation – geography, environmental studies, programming, teaching and instruction, management, State commissions, academia, IDF, private organizations and institutions, and more.
Jewish Music Maestro please….The Department of Music held its third series of 'Days of Jewish Music at the University of Haifa'. Prof. Yuval Shaked, head of the Department was heard on radio playing a selection of music for organ, cantor and choir in Ladino, Yiddish and more. The choice of music was rich and fascinating.
What is the secret of fine wine? Prof. Guy Bar-Oz and his team from the Zinman Institute of Archeology, together with the Israel Antiquities Authority discovered ancient wine seeds for the first time in the Negev desert. The seeds dating from the Byzantine Era were the type used to make 'Wine of the Negev' one of the finest wines of the Byzantine Empire. The aim is to eventually reproduce the wine to understand the taste that delighted the ancient world.
Further evidence of the University's academic excellence was shown in a memorandum of cooperation signed with the East China Normal University (ECNU), one of China's most prestigious Universities. Based in Shanghai they will establish the Shanghai-Haifa International Research Center, the first of its kind in Shanghai for Israeli and Chinese academia. The collaboration opens the door for Israeli and Chinese researchers to Chinese research grants.
Hundreds of University employees, administrative and academic staff alike, celebrated Purim together at a fun filled event organized by the Administrative Staff Association and the Human Resources Division. The Graduate Research Authority won the fancy dress competition with its unique interpretation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
There is no doubt it was a year of outstanding archeological discoveries. A bronze mask of the god Pan, the only one of its kind in the world, was uncovered by researchers at the University of Haifa’s Zinman Institute of Archaeology, at the Hippos-Sussita National Park. Spanish language National Geographic declared it one of the top 10 archeological finds of 2015.
In the past year the University has continued to consolidate its position as a leader in sea research. 2015 began with an agreement between the Helmsley Mediterranean Sea Research Center and Israel Oceanographic and Limnilogical Research (IOLR), followed by the inauguration of the Helmsley Center's shallow water labs, and ended with Texas A & M University's agreement to establish a $6 million Eastern Mediterranean Observatory. The University also purchased one of the world's most advanced underwater robot vehicles which will start its research life in 2016.
It was a lively and entertaining year in the student dorms filled cultural events, parties, lectures... and Independence Day party held jointly with the Student Union was just one of the successes.
Our University took part in the 2015 Israeli Researchers' Night where enthusiastic crowds of schoolchildren and their families took part in a whole range of activities about discovering science.
As part of the 43rd annual Board of Governors' meeting, we inaugurated the Sir Maurice and Lady Irene Hatter Bridge, allowing a safe crossing from the Carmel National Park to the University. We invite you to come and watch the breathtaking view from the bridge over the Carmel Forest down to the sea.
A record 155 new PhD Doctors joined the University family this year, and as always marched through the center of Haifa in an academic procession led by the University's senior administration.
This year's Board of Governors' meeting was a celebration of the best of the University on the theme of 'Israel and the world - academic perspectives' with hundreds of national and international guests participating. Six honorary doctorates were awarded to leading figures, while the Carmel Order of Merit was presented to Israel's iconic media personality Mr. Haim Yavin as part of the 20th anniversary of the Department of Communication.
A long and amazing journey has come to an end. Congratulations to 2,759 MA and 2,385 BA recipients of the 2014/15 academic year. See the Student End-of-Year Festival from a different perspective…..
Work is continuing to build a replica of the Ma'agan Mikhael ship under the auspices of the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies. This is a fascinating project whose purpose is to advance the study of shipping in antiquity and to extend our knowledge of the Ma'agan Mikhael ship. The replica is being built by an identical method of "shell-first construction" to the original, with similar materials utilized by the ancient shipwright. The intention is to sail the replica across the Mediterranean Sea, making use of ancient navigation means and methods. This project is headed by Prof. Yaacov Kahanov and Dr. Deborah Cvikel.
This is a photograph of a tour to the sands of Caesarea and the Alexander river estuary which was held under the framework of the Israeli Geomorphological Research Group Conference which dealt with crucial environmental and geomorphological issues of the Israeli Coastal Plain.
A new strain of jellyfish was observed in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time during a routine survey conducted by Dr. Gur Mizrahi, a researcher at the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences. This type of Jellyfish is common in Japan. The good news is that it is not dangerous to humans. However, the bad news is that it may mean that much more dangerous visitors can get here as well.
It is official: the whole world knows what we have known for years - that the University of Haifa is a place worth visiting. The popular global travel website TripAdvisor has awarded the University campus a certificate of Excellence, consistently earning 4.5 out of a maximum 5 stars in dozens of positive reviews.
This year we continued to be the "home of the security forces": the prestigious IDF "Havatzalot" Program of the Intelligence Corp recently graduated, as well as the Naval Cadets and the Police Officers Program. And as has been the case in the last 28 years, the University held a prestigious ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defense and the IDF Chief of Staff to Graduates of the College for National Security.
The University of Haifa recently hosted, as it has done for the past 4 years, what has become a traditional yearly event: "Researcher's Night". This wonderful scientific celebration is sponsored by the European Union and the Israeli Ministry of Science and this year's theme was the Neurosciences. Thousands of visitors visited the campus and enjoyed fascinating lectures and exhibitions, as well as coming face to face with researchers' valuable studies into the brain and its many mysteries.
At the beginning of the 2015/16 academic year, a special dialogue tent was erected at the Rieger Café where faculty and students can sit down and discuss their concerns and their views in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect.
For the first time, a scientific study conducted by PhD student Itai Roffman at the Institute of Evolution has observed bonobos (an analogous race of chimpanzees) making sophisticated use of ancient pre-agricultural tools in a manner similar to that which has hitherto been considered the prerogative of archaic pre-human hominins and other members of the Homo genus.
President of the State of Israel, Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin, paid a visit to the University accompanied by University President Amos Shapira and other members of the senior administration. “The University is among the few places in which the four tribes meet…I look at you and see the Israeli experience as it is, with the understanding that there is no other way than to live together” he stated in his address.
Just before Rosh Hashanah, the University of Haifa held its annual learning day event for our community. This year the theme for this event was "Accessibility" and was held in conjunction with the non-profit organization "Access Israel". Throughout the event, in a compound which was specifically designed for the event, "Access Israel" set up various stations where our staff and students could experience various disabilities and feel firsthand what it like to be disabled.
A University of Haifa delegation headed by President Amos Shapira, consisting of members of the University Leadership and faculty members, visited the Church of Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The reason for the visit was that in June of this year this Church, run by a Catholic Benedictine Order, was set on fire and sprayed with Anti-Christian graffiti.
The Rabin Memorial Day ceremony was held on campus to mark the 20th year since the Prime Minister's assassination. Hundreds of faculty members and students came together to attend this traditional ceremony.
Will the Haifa neighborhood Shprintzak be adorned by hanging gardens? If it is up to the graduate students of the Department of Gerontology and dozens of pensioners living in the area the answer is yes. The photo shows the first garden of this kind.
Amongst the many collaboration agreements the University signed this past year it also signed one with the Prime Minister of Thuringia, one of the 16 states comprising Germany. The collaboration agreement is between the University's Department of Music and the Weimar University of Music and will include student and faculty exchange, joint research projects, joint publications and more.
In a time where we hear more and more voices calling for a boycott on Israeli academic institutions, 13 researchers from the United Kingdom decided to take a stand and attended a conference hosted by the University's School of Political Sciences. The conference was organized by Dr. Carmela Lutmar of the School.
The 2015/2016 academic year has begun with over 18,000 students enrolled. The University of Haifa continues to be the largest Research University in Northern Israel. This year is marked with the beginning of the construction of the Building for the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences which will upgrade the research and teaching capabilities of the unique Faculty.
In 1938 in Berlin, Israel Kushland, trace of whom was lost in Auschwitz, gave a Hebrew-German dictionary as a gift to his friends. The book reached the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Library, and after libarian Ron Alter tracked down his living relatives in Israel, it was returned to his cousin's son, 90 year-old Victor Kushland from Petach Tikva. "The fact that I am here with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Israel is testament to our triumph over Hitler," he said emotionally to Ron Alter.
As always, we have continued to be the University with the most beautiful view in Israel – or perhaps the world…
Pictured is Joe Lieberman, former US senator and former Vice Presidential candidate who was interviewed by the School of Political Science's Prof. Avi Ben-Zvi, at the annual opening ceremony of the University's Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies.