IDC Herzliya was founded in 1994 with the aim of transforming higher education in Israel and providing an exceptional learning vehicle for the future leaders of the world in a fully Zionistic environment. As Israel’s first privately-funded and not-for-profit university of higher learning, IDC has attracted partners and friends from around the globe, taking absolutely no money from the Israeli government. IDC Herzliya is a registered non-profit in Israel with Friends organizations around the world and the ability to receive tax-deductible donations in Israel, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Over the past 25 years, IDC Herzliya has grown into a vibrant campus of opportunity which includes the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science, the Harry Radzyner School of Law, the Arison School of Business, the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, the Sammy Ofer School of Communications, the Raphael Recanati International School, the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, the Tiomkin School of Economics, the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson School of Entrepreneurship and the School of Sustainability Founded by Israel Corp., ICL & ORL; as well research institutes and learning centers focused on significant topics ranging from counter-terrorism and government reform to communications and psychology. IDC Herzliya uniquely melds uncompromising academic standards and an emphasis on real-world impact. The academic programs are designed to empower Israel’s future leaders with the interdisciplinary skills that are essential to success in the 21st century, all the while emphasizing the individual’s responsibility to society. The university provides undergraduate and graduate degrees and is fully recognized by Israel’s Council for Higher Education. This past March, IDC Herzliya was given the news that it has been granted permission to apply for PHD degrees, meaning that IDC Herzliya is now on its way to becoming Israel's very first private university, and will continue not to take any money from the government. Just this past month, IDC Herzliya also attained permission to begin granting PhD degrees in Law, with other subjects soon to follow.
Twenty-five years ago, the site was an abandoned IDF air force base with dilapidated structures. Today, it is a vibrant campus with an active student body and jam-packed schedule of classes and extra-curricular fun which stand testament to the fulfillment of Prof. Uriel Reichman’s dream. Anyone visiting campus is met with a lively, international atmosphere, magnificent buildings, perfectly manicured lawns, interesting antiquities, sculptures and artwork, and over 7,500 students who enjoy the process of attaining undergraduate or graduate degrees, completely in English, while taking part in exchange programs, working hard to succeed at the various honors programs on offer, or simply loving life as students in Israel on a campus where the students are considered our partners. This partnership with our students enables us to also ensure that in addition to educating future professional leaders, we are also helping to train ambassadors for Israel – both formally and informally.