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Israel's Interdisciplinary Center upgraded to university status

The Higher Education Council officially recognized the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) as a university on Tuesday. Following this decision, the institution will be named "Reichmann University," named after Professor Uriel Reichmann, who founded it 27 years ago.

“The recognition of the Interdisciplinary Center as a university is an important step in the evolution of the Israeli higher education system,” said Professor Amnon Rubenstein, Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDC. "Without Professor Uriel Reichmann, who imagined the creation of IDC, with extraordinary talent and dedication, the center would never have existed, and it is with great pride that the university bears his name," he added.

Education Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton asserted that "IDC's recognition as a university marks the strengthening of Israeli higher education. IDC is an institution whose curriculum is innovative and creative, and with an international emphasis."

Only three Israeli universities bear the names of personalities: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, named after former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion; the Weizmann Institute, named after the first president, Chaim Weizmann; and Bar-Ilan University, named after Rabbi Meir Bar-Ilan.