The University of Haifa
Founded in 1962, the University of Haifa has quickly become one of Israel's leading universities, hosting six different faculties: Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, Faculty of Science and Science Education, Faculty of Education, and a Graduate School of Business. The university community, consisting of over 18,000 students, is a pluralistic and harmonious blend of Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze, and Bedouin students who reflect the diverse ethnic and religious cultures of Israel.
Situated on the top of Mount Carmel and adjoining the Carmel National Park, Israel's largest forest, the University of Haifa sits on the edge of the city of Haifa.
The University of Haifa is known for faculty expertise in the fields of coexistence, conflict-settlement and peace processes and is a center for research of these areas in Israel. Due to its multicultural orientation and the daily coexistence between Arab and Jewish citizens on campus, the University of Haifa is an ideal location for this unique, interdisciplinary MA program curriculum.
The City of Haifa
Haifa is Israel's third largest city. First and foremost a port city for international commerce, it has in recent decades become a major center for Israel's high-tech industry. Built on Mount Carmel, Haifa is a collection of diverse, picturesque, and easily accessible neighborhoods from the port area in the lower city, to the commercial Hadar area in the middle tier, and the beautiful residential areas on the upper ridge.
Two of the most distinguishing features of Haifa is the physical beauty of the city and the co-existence of its ethnically diverse communities who live and work together. Home to the Carmel National Forest and miles of developed and natural beaches on the Mediterranean Sea, Haifa provides a wonderful environment for almost any kind of recreational activity. Haifa is the world center of the Bahai Faith. Its shrine, administrative center, and world-renowned gardens are prominent features of the city landscape. The Christian and Moslem communities of Haifa, and the neighboring Druze villages of Usifiya and Daliat-el-Carmel are important components of the city's social and cultural development. Jewish communities from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, North and South America, Ethiopia, and India have combined to create a modern Mediterranean city that is truly special.