For more than eight decades the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology has been Israel’s primary technological university and the largest centre of applied research. It is ranked among the leading technological universities in the world. Many innovations in all fields of science, technology, engineering and life sciences have their origins in research conducted at the Technion.
Technion’s contributions to the growth of Israel’s agricultural industry, building and architecture, chemical and electronic industries, aerospace, energy, medicine and medical technology and biotechnology have been most significant.
Technion’s achievements have brought Israel to the forefront of high-level technology, and have knowledge and innovations worldwide.
In 2004, Distinguished Professors Avram Hershko and Aaron Ceichanover received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for their pioneering research on degradation of intracellular proteins.
They succeeded in showing that protein degradation in cells takes place in a series of step-wise reactions that result in the proteins to be destroyed being labelled with the polypeptide ubiquitin. Since their discovery of the ubiquitin system, nearly 10,000 related articles have been published in scientific journals because understanding cellular protein turnover is vital to understanding how cells malfunction and cause diseases. Recently a drug for treating cancer was developed on the basis of this knowledge.
The Technion University offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as Architecture, Medicine, Industrial Management and Environmental studies. Great emphasis is also placed on its humanities and social science programs, the incorporation of which take on ever-increasing importance in today’s multi-faceted workplace. But Technion’s goals go beyond providing a well-rounded technical education. At the institute, scientific instruction is interwoven with professional ethics, producing leaders sensitive to social and environmental issues.
The Technion occupies about 1,325,000 square meters and includes 100 buildings. There are about 40 research centres, 11 research institutes and 10 Centres of Excellence. At present there are approximately 8,448 undergraduate students, 2,553 M.Sc. students and 1,499 Ph.D., M.D. and D.Sc. students - a total of 12,500 students.
Since 1929 79,358 students have graduated. There are over 650 faculty members and 58 spin-off companies.