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Israel is the largest net exporter of academic human capital in the world.

With help from American Friends, TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY is the largest investor in bringing that human capital home. More than 275 scientists and scholars have returned to Tel Aviv since 2010.

We believe their best work is ahead of them and it’s better for them and for Israel if they do it in their own backyard. The University is making long-term commitments – delivering a creative, interdisciplinary academic environment and state-of-the-art laboratories; delivering top-of-the-line graduate students and research associates – the best Israel has to offer.

In the 1930s, the idea of a new university in Palestine’s central region was being heavily promoted by Tel Aviv Mayor Meir Dizengoff and other statehood visionaries.

Among them, Yehoshua Margolin, founder of the somewhat humble Biological-Pedagogical Institute on Yehuda Halevey Street in 1931. His goal: to train Israeli teachers in the natural sciences. Margolin believed that understanding and caring for and about nature was the best way to forge a bond between a people and their land.  The wooden hut that was the Institute was donated by the Municipality of Tel Aviv. It was the same hut that had served as Tel Aviv's first synagogue. Margolin managed the Institute until his death in 1947.

With Statehood, Tel Aviv Deputy Mayor, then Mayor Haim Levanon energetically campaigned for the founding of a second Israeli university.

The idea was eventually realized on August 16, 1953, when the Municipal Council of Tel Aviv-Jaffa officially transformed the Biological-Pedagogical Institute into the Academic Institute of Natural Sciences, under the leadership of Prof. Heinrich Mendelssohn, which would “form the core of a future university.” It was located at the Abu Kabir campus in southern Tel Aviv, and had 24 students.

In 2017, Forbes magazine reported that TAU ranks in the top ten when it comes to start-ups with billion dollar valuations. Read more about the ranking here.


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