Bar-Ilan University was established in 1955. The name was chosen in honor of Rabbi Meir Bar-Ilan (Berlin), a spiritual leader who led traditional Judaism from the ashes of Europe to rebirth and renaissance in the Land of Israel. Its mission is to blend Jewish tradition with modern technologies and scholarship. Bar-Ilan endeavors to teach the compelling ethics of Jewish heritage to all its students while providing them with a first-rate academic education, and to bridge the gap between religious and secular Israelis. The first president was its founder, Pinkhos Churgin (1955-57). The campus is located east of Ramat Gan, outside of Tel Aviv.
Source: Bard, Mitchell G. and Moshe Schwartz. 1001 Facts Everyone Should Know About Israel. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.