The Technion is located in the city of Haifa Israel on top of Mt Carmel. It all started when it was Ottoman Palestine before World War I. The first ideas were conceived in the early 1900 as a school of engineering and sciences.
The only other institution of higher learning then was Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem that was founded in 1907.
Aerial view of the campus
Cornerstone in 1912
In the year 1912 when the first cornerstone was laid the “War of Languages” began. Some demanded that German be used because it was more appropriate for scientific studies.
But since the majority of the staff insisted on Hebrew, it was adopted, and for the first time in history, Hebrew was used as a language for scientific learning.
Some students were enrolled in 1924 and it was officially inaugurated in 1925 with only 16 students, one woman among them, all majoring in architecture and civil engineering.
Those were the times when young Jewish students were barred from technical education in Europe and the Technion opened the door to many of them seeking the skill necessary for developing what was to become the State of Israel.
In the 1930s it absorbed many Jewish scientists fleeing Europe in general and Germany in particular.
Until the opening of the School of Engineering at Ben Gurion University in the Negev Desert in the 1970s it was the only university in the country offering engineering degrees.
The Main Building on top of Mount Carmel
Different faculties and Institutes
The Old Building where it all began
In cooperation with Rambam Hospital
Rambam Hospital the most important one in northern Israel
This institution has helped the State of Israel to be what it is today, a thriving country based on technology and a world leader in Hi-Tech where companies like Microsoft, Intel and Apple establish their branches to be able to use the Israeli brains for their projects.
Many Nobel Laureates, many CEOs of the main companies have come out of the classes of the Technion that despite its modest beginnings is today an institution bringing pride to Israel and its people.
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