Access to Hebrew University May Be Agreed Upon by Transjordan, Brodetsky Reports

The hope that access to Hebrew University buildings on Mount Soopus, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, may be agreed upon by Transjordan was expressed by Prof. Selig Brodetsky, president of the University, at a press conference here.

Speaking of the operation of the University in more than 20 improvised buildings in various parts of Jerusalem, Dr. Brodetsky said that the University has begun its 1949-50 academic year with a record enrollment of 1,300 students, most of them Israelis. There are also a large number of Americans in the groups.

A number of innovations have been made in the curriculum of the University, Dr. Brodetsky said, listing among these the opening of the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School last May and the Law School in November, and the institution of language courses in Spanish, Russian and Italian. He also reported expansion of the social science departments.

The University has set a minimum operating budget of $2,800,000 for the academic year 1949-50, Dr. Brodetsky said, adding that much of the cost results from the necessity of renting temporary buildings in Jerusalem and purchasing additional equipment while access to the installations on Mount Scopus is denied. The University, he said, looks to American Jewry for a large share of this sum.

Prof. Brodetsky, who arrived in New York on Dec. 26, will visit chapters of the American Friends of the Hebrew University in various cities for a period of one month. His tour will include visits to San Francisco, Berkeley, Los Angeles and Pasadena. on the West Coast, as well as Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Detroit.

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