The dream of establishing a “University of the Jewish People” in the Land of Israel formed an integral part of the early Zionist vision. With the acquisition of the Gray Hill estate atop Mount Scopus, and the laying of the cornerstone for the university-to-be in 1918, the realization of the dream was on its way.
Seven years later, on April 1, 1925, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was opened at a festive ceremony attended, among others, by leaders of world Jewry including the University’s founding father, Dr. Chaim Weizmann, distinguished academics and communal leaders of the Yishuv, and British dignitaries including Lord Balfour, Viscount Allenby and Sir Herbert Samuel. Also in attendance were Chief Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hacohen Kook, the poet Haim Nahman Bialik amongst many other notables.
Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design
Founded in 1906, this academy is one of the most renowned institutes in Israel. In 2003, for the first time, Bezalel launches two new master’s degree programs: in fine arts (M.F.A.) and in industrial design (M. Des.).
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
The story begins in August 1932, when the young pianist Yocheved Dostorevsky, who came to Jerusalem from Vienna where she had completed her studies at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts, established a new school for “music and the art of movement.”During the years of its existence, the Academy has flourished and succeeded. Its graduates fill concert halls in Israel and around the world and hold key positions in centers of musical policy.Its teachers are very successful and their names are carved into the foundation stone of musical life.
Jerusalem College of Engineering
The Jerusalem College of Engineering began with 72 students and 2 departments. Today, it has grown to include a student body of 2,000, studying in 7 departments.Established in 1999, the Jerusalem College of Engineering (JCE) is a non-profit organization that is committed to creating well-educated and highly trained professionals in the field of engineering. JCE offers four-year B.Sc. degrees in a number of engineering disciplines as well as a year-long pre-college academic preparatory program for students who wish to improve their grades in order to apply to the College.
Jerusalem College of Technology
The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) – Machon Lev was founded in 1969 by Prof. Ze’ev Lev and has grown into one of Israel’s major academic institutions of higher recognized by Israel’s Council of Higher Education, graduating many of Israel’s high tech engineers and most of its electro-optic engineers each year. This insitute combines religous studies with academic subjects.
The Lander Institute- Jerusalem Academic Center is an Israeli institute of higher education, consisting of the School of Business Administration, The School of Judaic Studies, The School of Tourism, The School for Land of Israel Studies, and The School for Continuing Education. The Lander Institute is accredited by Israel’s Council for Higher Education.
Hadassah College currently offers the following programs: Computer Science (M.Sc.) Inclusive Industrial Design, Photographic Communications, Politics and Communications, Management of Service Organizations, Optometry Optometry (M. Optom) Biotechnology Communication Disorders, Communication Disorders (M.A.) Environmental Health Sciences Medical Laboratory Sciences.
Schools – General
Jerusalem has a wide selection of education facilities from kindergarten, primary, through to secondary schools and onwards. This mix covers special education needs, including gifted children, select religious institutes, private schools, yeshivas and the female version of ulpans.