BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY (BIU; Hebrew : אוניברסיטת
בר-אילן Universitat Bar-Ilan) is a public research
university in the city of
The University aims to forge closer links between
* 1 History
* 2 Academics
* 2.1 Programs of study
* 3 Awards and recognition
* 4 Leslie and Susan Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center
* 4.1 MEG
* 5 Notable alumni * 6 Notable faculty * 7 See also * 8 References * 9 External links
First Bar Ilan graduation, 1959 Bar-Ilan Faculty of
engineering Psychology building in
Bar-Ilan Faculty of
Bar-Ilan University has Jewish-American roots: it was conceived in
Atlanta in a meeting of the American Mizrahi organization in 1950, and
was founded by Prof. Pinkhos Churgin, an American rabbi and educator.
When it was opened in 1955, it was described by The New York Times "as
Cultural Link Between the Republic and America". The university was
The founders of the university hoped to produce alumni committed to
Jewish tradition, Zionist ideology and science. In 1965, the
professors and lecturers were all religious Jews, as were the majority
Yosef Burg , one of the prominent leaders of the
religious Zionist movement warned that admission of too many
non-religious into the university could undermine its character: "If
you spill too much water into a wine bottle, you will have no wine."
Today, the student population includes secular and non-Jewish
students, including Arabs . In the past, all Jewish male students were
required to cover their heads, but this is no longer the case. Seven
Bar-Ilan operates a kollel for men and a midrasha for women. The
kollel offers traditional yeshiva studies with an emphasis on
Yitzhak Rabin\'s convicted assassin, Yigal Amir , was a student of law at Bar-Ilan, prompting charges that the university had become a hotbed of political extremism . One of the steps taken by the university following the assassination was to encourage dialogue between left and right-wing students.
Under previous university president Moshe Kaveh, Bar-Ilan underwent a major expansion, with new buildings added on the northern side of the campus . New science programs have been introduced, including an multidisciplinary brain research center and a center for nanotechnology . The university has placed archaeology as one of its priorities, and this includes excavations such as the Tell es-Safi/Gath archaeological excavations and the recently opened Bar-Ilan University/ Weizmann Institute of Science joint program in Archaeological Sciences.
Bar-Ilan's Faculty of
In 2016 the university became the center of controversy over women's rights. The university announced it would allow women to read passages of text and play musical instruments at its Holocaust Remembrance Day, but would bar women from singing in order not to offend Orthodox Jewish males. Other organizations, such as Ne’emanei Torah V’Avodah (NTA), protested that it is an Israeli custom to sing at national ceremonies and that extreme Jewish religious law should not be imposed on the general public.
Bar-Ilan University has eight faculties:
Exact Sciences , Life
PROGRAMS OF STUDY
The center's mission is to cultivate a new generation of truly interdisciplinary scientists who integrate knowledge from different fields. The center offers several graduate level tracks, including a direct PhD program, an MSc program and a combined program. Candidates are accepted from a variety of backgrounds, including biology, psychology, mathematics, physics and computer science. Accepted students are exempt from tuition and receive a full scholarship during the course of their studies, allowing to fully concentrate on the research.
The PhD training program builds on six single-semester required core courses, a set of preparatory courses, and a variety of elective courses. Students have to complete 8 credits in advanced courses. Additionally, students participate in a number of multidisciplinary activities including a weekly research seminar and two hands-on short-term research projects. Several advanced optional courses are available, allowing students to specialize in one of the three sub-fields:
1. Computational Neuroscience
2. Neurobiology and Behavior
3. Language and Cognition
The Center also offers an undergraduate Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience providing a solid knowledge base in wide range of neuroscience related disciplines, such as life sciences, psychology, linguistics, mathematics and computer sciences, physics etc., with a specialization in the field of choice.
The Center takes part in the summer Science Research Internship Program, where undergraduate science majors from US universities perform research internship in the labs under the mentorship of the faculty members.
Bar-Ilan offers an International B.A. Program, taught entirely in
English , and is the first university in
In addition, Bar-Ilan offers a preparatory program that readies new
immigrants for Israeli colleges. The university also runs a one-year
overseas program called Tochnit
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Bar-Ilan's on-line responsa project was awarded the
Bar-Ilan University, in its capacity as a business school, was placed as the 4th best business school in Africa and the Middle East in the 2010 QS Global 200 Business Schools Report .
LESLIE AND SUSAN GONDA MULTIDISCIPLINARY BRAIN RESEARCH CENTER
The Leslie and Susan Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center is
a research center at the
Bar-Ilan University (Hebrew: המרכז
הרב תחומי לחקר המוח ע″ש לסלי וסוזן
גונדה), focusing on a multidisciplinary approach to neuroscience.
It houses over 30 laboratories investigating brain complexity at
multiple levels, from single neurons , through information processing
and computations in neural networks to cognition, behavior and human
mind. The center's core members and affiliates combine multiple fields
that are crucial for brain understanding, including molecular and
systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry,
linguistics, mathematics, computer sciences, engineering and physics.
Numerous research approaches are employed by the Center’s
scientists, such as brain stimulation techniques, neuroimaging,
electrophysiology, molecular techniques, computational methods,
mathematical modeling and behavioral and cognitive paradigms. The
center was founded in 2002 thanks to the contribution of three main
figures: the generous Gonda family, the president of Bar-Ilan
University, Moshe Kaveh, whose vision and commitment to the center’s
success have been instrumental, and
Moshe Abeles , a pioneer of
Israel’s neuroscience research, Emet Prize laureate (2004) and the
founding director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural
Computation at the Hebrew University (1992–1999), has led the Gonda
Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center for nearly a decade. Since
2011 the center is headed by Moshe Bar , a cognitive neuroscientist
and an expert in brain imaging technologies. Bar returned to
The Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center hosts the only
Ami Ayalon - Former head of the
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* ^ "Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Bar-Ilan
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* ^ "The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project". Dig-gath.org.
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* ^ "Results of the Bar Exam 5.5.08 (Hebrew)" (PDF).
Israelbar.org.il. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
* ^ Bar-Ilan Univ. bans women singing in memorial ceremony The
Jerusalem Post, May 4, 2016
* ^ "International B.A. Programs:
Bar-Ilan University Israel\'s
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* ^ "Interdisciplinary
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