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Chairman of Board of Governors of Hebrew University Reveals Plans for Expansion

August 21, 1949
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Sir Leon Simon, chairman of the board of governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, today outlined the University’s plans for expansion in the near future.

Speaking at a press conference, Sir Leon announced that the Law Faculty will begin as a four-year course this fall. He said that the course will be based mainly on Palestine Mandatory law, which incorporates much Turkish law, but that it is intended to introduce Jewish law gradually. He said that Jewish law must be harmonized with the principles of modern law.

The Department of Economic and Social Studies at the University will be working fully in the new academic year, Sir Leon added, while the humanities side will be enlarged by the introduction of a Bachelor of Arts degree based on a general three-year course instead of the continental tradition, hitherto practiced, of specialization from the beginning. Sir Leon stressed that the University must not serve the state of Israel exclusively, but must maintain a link with the Jewish community abroad in order to secure the spiritual unity of the Jewish people all over the world.

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