About the University

About the University

Bar-Ilan University, founded in 1955, was one of the first comprehensive research universities to be established in Israel.  From 70 students to 17,000, its milestone achievements in the sciences and humanities have made an indelible imprint on the landscape of the nation.  The university has 8 faculties, four of which focus on STEM research. They include Medicine, Exact Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Biophysics and Mathematics), Life Sciences and Engineering.  These faculties are active partners in national science and technology initiatives.

Among the most prominent at BIU is the Institute for Nano-technology and Advanced Materials, a dynamic and growing scientific community with its own dedicated building, the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research center headed by the former director of the Neurocognitive Laboratory at Harvard, and the Center for Applied Cryptography & Cyber security ranked 9th in the world.

Seeking “Impact beyond Excellence”, BIU is currently in a vibrant transformational period of creating challenge-driven research centers which embrace practical research designed to change and improve the human experience; adopting innovative instructional methods; intensifying global outreach; and broadening its discourse and dialogue throughout the Jewish world and Israel.

The University is comprised of students from all over Israel; secular and religious; Jews and non-Jews; Sabras and new immigrants. Included within the BIU family, as well, are a multi-faceted academic faculty and administrative staff. Their confluence represents a mosaic of the State of Israel, providing a unique atmosphere for open exchange of ideas and embracement of the "other." Diversity is a key on the BIU campus, and tolerance and civility our operating code.

At Bar-Ilan our students learn to assume social responsibility. They are provided with an opportunity to become knowledgeable Jews, both formally, though our unique program which requires every student to take academic level Jewish studies courses, thereby grounding them in the basics of Judaism, and informally, through the vast multitude of Jewish experiences available on campus.

To paraphrase the inspirational quote of a renowned 19th century figure: At Bar-Ilan University we provide our students with “wings and roots” – the wings to ‘fly’ academically, scientifically – to push back new boundaries of knowledge, learn new things, explore new intellectual universes; and the roots to 'bind' them to this earth, to ensure they fulfill their moral and ethical obligations, and become better people and better Jews.

It is this ability to fuse a reverence for Jewish legacy and heritage with the rigors of academic study which makes Bar-Ilan University like no other.
 

The Bar-Ilan University Logo

The Bar-Ilan University logo reflects the dual core aims of our institution: the pursuit of academic excellence along with Jewish heritage study. Fused together, the letters form Bar-Ilan's Hebrew initials – Bet and Aleph – which are also the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The BIU symbol was originally crafted by the noted British graphic designer, Abram Games, at the time of the University's founding in 1955. Over the decades, with the growth of the Bar-Ilan University community, the BIU emblem has given visual expression to our "Tradition of Excellence" in combining cutting-edge research with training of highly qualified professionals in the sciences, humanities, law, engineering, business, and the arts – all within a unique learning environment which fosters Jewish values and continuity.

From its globally-recognized leadership in nanotechnology, Biblical archaeology, and engineering to its 1,800 Judaism-related courses offered under the auspices of the world's largest Jewish studies faculty, Bar-Ilan University is making its impact felt as it meshes the microscope and Torah scroll – high-level scholarship and Jewish heritage into tomorrow's culture of excellence.

Last modified: 08/02/2018

 

The Bar-Ilan University Logo
 

The Bar-Ilan University logo reflects the dual core aims of our institution: the pursuit of academic excellence along with Jewish heritage study. Fused together, the letters form Bar-Ilan's Hebrew initials – Bet andAleph – which are also the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. 
 

The logo was originally designed by renowned British graphic artist Abraham James, upon the establishment of Bar-Ilan in 1955. In the past six decades, with BIU’s expansion and growth, this emblem has become the visual embodiment of BIU’s tradition of excellence, incorporating innovative research with the training of skilled researchers and professionals in sciences, humanities, law, engineering, social studies and medicine, in a unique, Jewish based learning environment. 

 

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