Tel Aviv University

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Tel Aviv University
אוניברסיטת תל אביב
Tel Aviv University.svg
Established 1956
Type Public
President Joseph Klafter
Rector Aron Shai
Vice-President Eran Rabani
Admin. staff 2,137
Students 27,173
Undergraduates 14,599
Postgraduates 10,129
Doctoral students 2,148
Location Tel Aviv, Israel
Campus Urban
Tel Aviv University logo2.svg

Tel Aviv University (TAU) (Hebrew: אוּנִיבֶרְסִיטַת תֵּל-אָבִיב Universitat Tel Aviv) is a public university located in Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel.[1] With nearly 30,000 students, TAU is Israel's largest university.


Located in Israel's cultural, financial and industrial core, Tel Aviv University is a major center of teaching and research, comprising 9 faculties, 27 schools, 98 departments and 128 research institutes and centers. Its origins go back to 1956, when three research institutes – the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics, the Institute of Natural Sciences, and the Institute of Jewish Studies – joined together to form the University of Tel Aviv. Initially operated by the Tel Aviv municipality, the university was granted autonomy in 1963.[2] 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.


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.[3]

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012 placed Tel Aviv University among the world's top 90 universities.[4] The ratings reflect an overall measure of esteem that combines data on the institutions' reputation for research and teaching.[5] This achievement positioned TAU on the same level as Brown University in Rhode Island and Leiden University in the Netherlands.[6]

In 2013 QS World University Rankings ranked Tel Aviv University 196th in the world,[7] 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.

Ramat Aviv campus[edit]

Leigh Engineering Faculty Boulevard
The Vladimir Schreiber Institute of Mathematics
Smolarz Auditorium

TAU received its autonomy from the Tel Aviv municipality in 1963, when its campus, in the northern Tel Aviv neighborhood of Ramat Aviv was established. Buildings on the Ramat Aviv campus include:

Relations with other universities[edit]

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 24 overseas universities, 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, Monash (Australia), Sydney (Australia), Sciences Po (France), Seoul (South Korea), Lucern (Switzerland), Bocconi (Italy) [8] and Madrid (Spain).[9]

International cooperation[edit]

In Germany the Tel Aviv University cooperates with the Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. Both cities are linked by a long-lasting partnership agreement.[10]

TAU International[edit]

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 and live in Israel's most dynamic and internationalist city. 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.[11]

Undergraduate programs include:[12]

Graduate programs include:[15]

  • M.A. in Political Science (Leadership, Communications and Elections)[16]
  • M.A. in Security and Diplomacy [17]
  • 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.A. in Jewish 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
  • Interntional 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.[18]


Notable faculty members (past and present) include:

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Statistical Data – Data on Students in Institutions of Higher Education". Israeli Council for Higher Education. 2007. Retrieved September 18, 2007. 
  2. ^ Who's who in Israel and in the work .... January 21, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ "". Center for World University Rankings. 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
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  7. ^ "QS World University Rankings". Topuniversities. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University". April 17, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "IE - List of Partner Institutions". IE Business School. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  10. ^ International cooperation – Germany. Web page of Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main. Date accessed: 22. November 2012.
  11. ^ "Undergraduate Programs". Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Undergraduate Programs". Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Tel Aviv University International School of Engineering". Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Tel Aviv University B.A. in Liberal Arts". Retrieved January 31, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Graduate Programs". Retrieved November 24, 2010. 
  16. ^ "M.A. in Political Science". Retrieved May 06, 2012. 
  17. ^ "M.A. in Security and Diplomacy". Retrieved May 06, 2012. 
  18. ^ [1][dead link]
  19. ^ Finding Zen at the Heart of Tel Aviv, Haaretz
  20. ^ "From crisis to couch". 
  21. ^ Maariv (newspaper). Retrieved 2012-05-24.
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Coordinates: 32°06′50″N 34°48′15″E / 32.11389°N 34.80417°E / 32.11389; 34.80417