To secure a degree it has been decided that a student must spend at least four years at the University or at an institution of similar rank; he must choose one major subject for his degree, together with two minors; he must write a dissertation which will indicate his acquaintance with scientific method and problems of research, and must pass a satisfactory examination. It has not yet been decided what degrees are to be granted by the University.
The Board of Governors sanctioned the formation of two Faculties at its meeting, one in Arts or the Humanities, and the second in Science. The faculty of arts or of the humanities is to consist for the present of the Institute of Jewish Studies, the School of Oriental Studies, and new general courses in philosophy, history and letters. The latter courses have been made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Sol Rosenbloom of Pittsburgh.
The first occupant of the new Achad Haam Chair in Philosophy will be Dr.Leon Roth of the University of Manchester, who has been appointed Associate Professor of Philosophy. It is expected that the committees which were formed at the time of the death of the late Achad Haam will secure the necessary endowment funds to give permanency to this Chair.
Dr. Hugo Bergmann, Director of the Library of the Hebrew University, has been appointed Lecturer in Modern Philosophy. Dr. Moses Schwabe of Jerusalem, at present in the Preparatory Department of the Institute of Jewish Studies and the School of Oriental Studies, was appointed Lecturer in Classical Philology. Dr.Tcherikower of Tel Aviv, a Research Fellow of the Institute of Jewish Studies, was appointed instructor in Greek and Roman history. These courses will for the present be regarded as minors in connection with the undergraduate instruction to be introduced. In general, only such subjects will be regarded for the present as majors, as have professors and lecturers of high university rank, and in which there is adequate equipment for post-graduate teaching and research.
Beginning with the coming academic year a student may choose Arabic as a major leading toward a degree. The Board of Governors also resolved to create the post of a lectureship in Assyriology, in addition to the courses already established in the School of Oriental Studies.
The Governing Council of the Institute of Jewish Studies, which will meet in August, will decide what subjects in that Institute are to be majors. Meanwhile, Professor Klein will return to Jerusalem, permanently to accept a post in Palestine Research. Dr. Diezendruck of Vienna has been appointed Lecturer in Jewish Philosophy, and beginning with the winter semester of 1929, Dr. Baer of Berlin will come to the Institute of Jewish Studies for History.
The Faculty of Science is to be composed of the Institutes of Mathematics, Physics. Chemistry, and Biology. Until the Departments of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry have been established on a firm basis, and until the Institute of Physics will have begun to function with the completion of the Einstein Institute, there will be no systematic undergraduate teaching in these fields. The Board of Governors has announced that such teaching. leading toward academic degrees. will be begun not later than 1932.
Systematic undergraduate non-degree instruction is to be continued in Mathematics. Professor Fraenkel of Kiel, formerly of Marburg has been invited as Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Feketa of Budapest has been appointed Lecturer in Mathematics, Dr. Samburski of Jerusalem has been appointed Assistant in the Institute of Physics. Besides giving technical advice in connection with the construction of the Einstein Institute, begun on July 1, Dr. Samburski will lecure on Theoretical Physical in the Institute of Mathematics.
A second Professor of of Chemistry in Inorganic and Physical Chemistry is to be secured by a sub-committee appointed by the Board of Governors for that purpose. The non-degree undergraduate instruction carried on up to the present time in the Institute of Chemistry will come to an end at the close of the present semester and will be renewed only upon the recommendation of the two Professors of Chemistry.
The Institute of Palestine Natural History will be transferred to Jerusalem, as far as possible. Dr. Boden heimer who is assistant in Zoology in the Institute, will be appointed Research Fellow with the status of Lecturer, beginning with the winter semester.
Dr. Adler, Head of the Division of Parasitology of the Institute of Microbiology, has been appointed Associate Professor. Dr. Walter Strauss of the Hygienic Institute of Berlin has been appointed Research Fellow in Climatology in the Department of Hygiene with the status of Lecturer.
Post-graduate medical courses in hygiene and in medical science, intended primarily for physicians, were authorized, and Professors Kligler and Adler were empowered to invite for the present, if necessary, instructors from without the University. The question of further development of Medical Science within the University has been referred to a special committee for further study.
Professor David Cohen of Amsterdam has been invited to become a member of the Academic Council for Classical Philology and Prof. Olschki of Heidelberg has been invited to become a member of the Academic Council for the History of Mediaeval Literature. The Institute of Jewish Studies was accorde the right to nominate three members of its own Council as members of the Academic Council of the University.
The new Son of Israel Temple, Beachmont, Boston, Mass. was dedicated on Sunday, Rabbi Irving Mill of Chelsea and Abraham Alpert of Boston, delivered addresses at the exercises. Samuel Aronson presided and Jacob A. Rosenbaum was master of ceremonies.