The University of Haifa is one of Israel’s leading research universities, and it is dedicated to not only to academic excellence but to social responsibility as well. An exciting and inspiring cultural mosaic, the University of Haifa is a microcosm of Israeli society. The diverse student population of 18,000 students is made up of Jews and Muslims, Christians and Baha’i, Druze and Bedouin, new immigrants and native Israelis alike. There is also a growing number of international students from around the world.
Located on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, the university’s home city of Haifa is marked by an exciting multiculturalism. Long known for its ethnic and religious tolerance, life in the city offers its inhabitants and visitors alike a mosaic of cultural events: concerts, theater, museums, clubs, cafes and public events on the beaches of its golden coastline.
At the same time, as a deeply divided society and a country in protracted conflict with other countries in the region, Israel is a unique environment for a program whose goal is to enable students to understand how conflicts unfold from a grassroots level and move up through the halls of government to the international community. Israel supplies excellent field study opportunities that allow students to see how attempts to manage conflicts and promote coexistence, mutual understanding, and peace processes actually develop and take root. Israel is a real-time hands-on working laboratory for advanced international and Israeli students, offering encounters with ongoing conflicts as well as successful and failed efforts to achieve peace.
Why Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Haifa?
The University of Haifa is known for faculty expertise in the fields of coexistence, conflict management and peace processes and is a center for research of these areas in Israel. Conferences on these topics, that bring together leading specialists in the field, are held frequently at the University. For example, in 2011 a major international conference was be held addressing “The Pacification of Europe and Germany: Lessons for the Middle East.” In 2015, university representatives participated in the Third Annual Givat Haviva Conference on Developing a Joint Vision for a Shared Society in Israel. The University has three research centers relevant to peace and conflict management: The Center for Research on Peace Education; The Jewish-Arab Center; The Center for Multiculturalism and Educational Research.