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Disagree on Character of Hebrew University

(J. T. A. Mail Services)

Professor Balaban of Warsaw who came to Germany to attend the recent meeting of the governing council of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University in Mayence, has arrived here for a short visit before he returns to Warsaw.

Professor Balaban said in an interview with the representative of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here that the discussion at Mayence had turned chiefly upon whether the Hebrew University in Jerusalem should be a purely scientific research institute, or whether it should also be a teaching institute. The two views had each found support at the meeting. Palestine itself wished to have a teaching university. The founders of the university had decided, however, to make it a research institute. The feeling at the meeting in Mayence, Professor Balaban said, was that ways and means must be found to unite both characters of the university without destroying its homogeneous character.

There was also a great deal of discussion on the question of appointments to the various departments of the university. There are not many Jewish scholars who wish to go to Jerusalem. Professor Balaban said. The Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, which gives its professors much better salaries is a serious competitor in this regard.

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