Hebrew University's Contribution to the Community

 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem contributes to society first and foremost by realizing its two main goals—teaching and research. More than 20,000 students study at the University for an academic degree with a choice of almost 200 curricula options. Hundreds of thousands of our graduates are making a crucial difference to human society, in all walks of life. Furthermore, higher education helps narrow gaps in society, ensures the existence of a thriving liberal democratic society, and promotes Israel’s international standing. The University’s basic and applied scientific research also benefits society. With more than 10,000 registered patents and research projects, and 150 University-generated start-ups worth billions of dollars, our scientists are making a vital positive impact on humanity. What is more, the Hebrew University is a world leader in Jewish Studies and excels in research in the humanities and social sciences.

The University community—some 30,000 students, administrative and academic staff—is deeply involved in a wide range of community activities and voluntary work, understanding the moral responsibility of helping others and working towards a just society. In what follows, a partial description of the wide range of these endeavors is briefly presented. Some of these activities are conducted under the auspices of the University via its Unit for Social Involvement at the Office of the Dean of Students, as well as the Hebrew University for Youth Division. In addition to the activities listed below, many more activities are conducted by members of the University on a private basis.

The University community gives to others out of deep ethical commitment, and not for the sake of glory or awards. We share the information about this sterling work primarily to inspire and encourage people from both inside and outside the University community to join us and help expand our community activities and voluntary work.

Barak Medina, Rector 

 

Below more information regarding the social activities and contributions to the community that take place at the University.