On May 11, 1994, the foundation for Israel’s first private, non-profit institution of higher education was laid in Herzliya. The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), modeled after Ivy League universities in the United States, was based on the “principles of humanity,” as stated by Theodor Herzl. The university would:
- Foster freedom of thought, research, and personal fulfillment.
- Strive for interdisciplinary training, nurture scientific and professional excellence, and bestow on its students a broad cultural background and the vision of an international horizon.
- Contribute to allaying hostilities in the Middle East by bringing together students of all faiths from across the region and the world, underscoring its goals of development and freedom of movement in the cradle of civilization through its teachings and research, and striving to fulfill the values of peace, freedom, and dignity.
- Be committed to the community in which it resides and its heritage, be sensitive to social justice, and help enrich the pre-academic education system.
In 2021, the IDC was renamed after its founder, Professor Uriel Reichman.
In 2023, Boaz Ganor was appointed head of Reichman University. Ganor is the founder and executive director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism and is the Ronald S. Lauder chair for counter-terrorism at the university.
Today, Reichman University is dedicated to pursuing excellence in education and research and training future leaders by providing educational programs that combine academic study with practical, hands-on training and encouragement for innovative thinking.
The university has ten schools and an enrollment of 8,400, 2,000 of whom come from 90 different countries.
Source: Reichman University.