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Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University
אוניברסיטת תל אביב
Established 1956
Type Public
President Joseph Klafter
Rector Aron Shai
Vice President Raanan Rein
Students 30,373 (2013)
2,270 (2013)
Location Tel Aviv, Israel
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and White          
Affiliations UNIMED

Tel Aviv University (TAU) (Hebrew: אוּנִיבֶרְסִיטַת תֵּל-אָבִיב Universitat Tel Aviv) is a public university located in the neighborhood of Ramat Aviv in Tel Aviv, Israel. With over 30,000 students, TAU is Israel's largest university.

Located in Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv University is a center of teaching and research, comprising 9 faculties, 27 schools, 98 departments and nearly 130 research institutes and centers.


  • History 1
  • Academic Units 2
  • TAU International - English-taught programs 3
  • Rankings 4
  • Relations with other universities 5
    • International cooperation 5.1
  • Faculty 6
  • Notable alumni 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


TAU's origins date back to 1956, when three research institutes – the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics (established in 1935), the Institute of Natural Sciences (established in 1931), and the Institute of Jewish Studies – joined together to form Tel Aviv University. Initially operated by the Tel Aviv municipality, the university was granted autonomy in 1963.[1] 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.

Academic Units

Social Sciences Building
Environmental Studies Building
Leigh Engineering Faculty Boulevard
The Vladimir Schreiber Institute of Mathematics
Smolarz Auditorium


  • Katz Faculty of the Arts
  • Fleischman Faculty of Engineering
  • Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences
  • Entin Faculty of Humanities
  • Buchmann Faculty of Law
  • Wise Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Sackler Faculty of Medicine
  • Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Management - Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration

Independent schools:

  • Porter School of Environmental Studies
  • Buchmann-Mehta School of Music
  • David Azrieli School of Architecture
  • Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine
  • Constantiner School of Education
  • Shapell School of Social Work
  • TAU International (formerly the School for Overseas Students)

Institutes and centers:

A full list of Tel Aviv University's over 130 research institutes and centers is available here

TAU International - English-taught programs

TAU International (formerly known as the School for Overseas Students) affords thousands of students from across the globe the opportunity to study at Tel Aviv University. All TAU International programs are conducted in English.

Programs include Semester or Year Abroad, Degree Programs, and Specialized Programs,such as the International LL.M at the Faculty of Law. Students in the Undergraduate or Semester Abroad Programs are given the option of housing at the Einstein Dorms, just outside the university.[2]

Undergraduate programs:

Graduate programs:

  • M.A. in Political Science (Leadership, Communications and Elections)
  • M.A. in Security and Diplomacy
  • M.A in Middle Eastern History
  • Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible
  • TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • M.A. in Social Work with specialization in Crisis and Trauma Studies
  • M.P.H. in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • M.A. in Environmental Studies
  • Sofaer International MBA
  • Kellogg Recanati MBA
  • M.A. in Migration Studies
  • International LL.M.

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.[5]


The Webb school of languages in Tel Aviv University

The Center for World University Rankings ranked Tel Aviv University 56th in the world and fourth in Israel in its 2012 CWUR World University Rankings.[6]

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012 placed Tel Aviv University among the world's top 90 universities.[7] The ratings reflect an overall measure of esteem that combines data on the institutions' reputation for research and teaching.[8] This achievement positioned TAU on the same level as Brown University in Rhode Island and Leiden University in the Netherlands.[9]

In 2013 QS World University Rankings ranked Tel Aviv University 196th in the world,[10] making it the second-highest ranked university in Israel. Its subject rankings were: 202nd in Arts and Humanities, 295th in Engineering and Technology, 193rd in Life Sciences and Medicine, 208th in Natural Science, and 240th in Social Sciences and Management.

Relations with other universities

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 Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law has exchange agreements with 35 overseas universities,[11] including: University of Virginia, Cornell University, Boston University, UCLA, Bucerius (Germany), EBS (Germany), McGill (Canada), Osgoode Hall (Canada), Ottawa (Canada), Queens University (Queens), Toronto (Canada), Bergen (Norway), STL (China), KoGuan (China), Tsinghua (China), Jindal Global (India), University of Hong Kong, Singapore Management University, Stockholm University (Sweden), Monash (Australia), Sydney (Australia), Sciences Po (France), Seoul (South Korea), Lucern (Switzerland), Bocconi (Italy) [12] and Madrid (Spain).[13]

In 2013, Tel Aviv University and Ruppin Academic Center jointly created a study center at the Mediterranean Sea, where students will undertake advanced studies of issues impacting the coastal environment and its resources.[14]

International cooperation

In Germany, Tel Aviv University cooperates with the Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. Both cities are linked by a long-lasting partnership agreement.[15]


Daniel Chamovitz

Notable faculty members (past and present) include:

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ Who's who in Israel and in the work ... January 21, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Undergraduate Programs". Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tel Aviv University International School of Engineering". Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tel Aviv University B.A. in Liberal Arts". Retrieved January 31, 2012. 
  5. ^ [4] Archived February 15, 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "". Center for World University Rankings. 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^ "QS World University Rankings". Topuniversities. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  11. ^ "About TAU Exchange Program". Tel Aviv University. 
  12. ^ "The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University". April 17, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ "IE - List of Partner Institutions" (PDF). IE Business School. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Sharon Udasin (January 30, 2013). "TAU and Ruppin college form studies center; Tel Aviv University, Ruppin Academic College form a multi-disciplinary studies center focusing on coastal environment.". The Jerusalem Post. 
  15. ^ International cooperation – Germany. Web page of Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main. Date accessed: 22. November 2012.
  16. ^ Finding Zen at the Heart of Tel Aviv, Haaretz
  17. ^

External links

  • Official website – Introduction, and History.
  • Tel Aviv University International
  • American Friends of Tel Aviv University

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