Hebrew University Has Now 4,200 Students; Faces Financial Stress

The student body at the Hebrew University has quadrupled since the State of Israel was established in 1948 and the institution has kept up with the demands of staff and plant despite deep-seated financial difficulties, its president, Dr. Benjamin Mazar, announced at a press conference today. There are 4,200 students at the university.

Unless the government increases its support of the university, Dr. Mazar said, the institution will be in financial trouble. The current budget will top 10,000 Israeli pounds, he revealed, of which the government supplies 35 percent, overseas sources 40 percent and the remainder is partly made up by student tuition fees.

The academic staff numbers 670, which compares favorably with similar schools throughout the world, Prof. Mazar said. The Jordanian occupation of the road leading to Mt. Scopus has forced the buildings of a new campus and some 2,500 students are already at work there. The remainder are scattered in a variety of buildings throughout the city.

Among the students are some 100 from abroad–including a contingent from the United States for the third successive year, he revealed. There are also about 100 local Arab students and 160 recent immigrants admitted on scholarships.

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