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Official bodies

Academia

The Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR) is an institution dedicated to the sustainable development and monitoring of the country's seas and lakes. This research-oriented organization uses scientific tools and data to inform decision making, provide advisory services to the government, and develop crucial national research infrastructures for efficient management of marine and lake resources.

Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research

The University of Haifa is the largest research university in northern Israel and the most pluralistic in the country. With over 18,000 students from diverse backgrounds, it has established Israel's first "Multiversity" to promote interdisciplinary studies and regional economic growth. The University comprises six faculties, ten schools, and 57 research centers, gaining international recognition in fields such as public health and marine sciences. Committed to tolerance and multiculturalism, it fosters a unique academic environment that unites students and faculty from various communities.

University of Haifa

Approximately 36 years before Israel's independence, the cornerstone of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was laid on Mount Carmel near Haifa, then under Ottoman rule. This marked the beginning of a century-long journey of scientific and technological education. Founded in response to global anti-Semitism, the Technion became a pioneer in fields such as biotechnology, space, and computer science. With four Nobel laureates and a centennial approaching in 2025, Technion City is a hub of research and teaching excellence, boasting 18 faculties, over 14,000 students, and 60 research institutes. Its alumni have been pivotal in establishing Israel as the 'Startup Nation,' influencing millions worldwide.

Technion Israel Institute of technology

The Weizmann Institute of Science, located in Rehovot, Israel, is a world-renowned multidisciplinary research institution specializing in the natural and exact sciences. Established in 1934 as the Daniel Sieff Institute and renamed in 1949 to honor Dr. Chaim Weizmann, Israel's first President and the Institute's founder, it is dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of humanity. The Institute also plays a crucial role in educating Israel’s scientific leaders and promoting science literacy among students and the general public.

Weizmann Institute of Science

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is a leading research university in Israel, known globally for its excellence in various fields. Hosting 20,000 students and 4,000 faculty members across six academic faculties and over 60 interdisciplinary research hubs, BGU conducts pioneering research in engineering, health, natural sciences, humanities, business, medicine, brain sciences, sustainability, and desert studies. With more than 100,000 alumni making significant contributions worldwide, BGU operates three main campuses: the Marcus Family Campus in Beer-Sheva, a research campus at Sde Boker, and the Eilat Campus. The university also houses several national and multidisciplinary research institutes, including the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev and the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology.

Ben-Gurion University of hte Negev

 

 

Established in 1925 as Israel's first major Zionist institution, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem boasts a legacy of academic excellence. Home to eight Nobel Prize laureates and influential figures like Albert Einstein and Chaim Weizmann, the university leads in global research and fosters leaders in academia and industry. Beyond scholarly achievements, it significantly impacts Israel's economy and cultural identity in Jerusalem. Emphasizing multidisciplinary research and innovation, Hebrew University collaborates globally and champions diversity within its campuses, serving over 25,000 students annually and promoting societal integration. Guided by its commitment to knowledge and impact, the university continues to shape the future of science, society, and Israel.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

JUC grounds its mission in the broad evangelical traditions that focus on the centrality of Jesus Christ and the authority of scripture. This backdrop of faith within the context of Jerusalem creates a rich and unique opportunity to educate their students through living learning experiences. 

Jerusalem University College

Bar-Ilan University encompasses ten faculties spanning disciplines such as Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Exact Sciences, Law, Education, Jewish Studies (the world’s largest), and Medicine (located uniquely in Safed). With over seventy research institutes, the university boasts a distinguished academic community, including 24 Israel Prize laureates and numerous globally recognized researchers. Renowned for cutting-edge research in areas like energy, medical sciences, cyber technology, and nanotechnology, Bar-Ilan integrates advanced teaching methods through its Division of Learning and Teaching, emphasizing digital media and AI. Committed to community engagement and student welfare, the university hosts public clinics and fosters leadership in Jewish studies, alongside innovative programs in personalized medicine and smart city technologies, positioning itself at the forefront of academic and social impact in Israel and beyond.

Bar-Ilan University

Founded in 1949, the Ruppin Academic Center stands as a leading institution in Israel, welcoming 5,000 students from diverse backgrounds including Jewish and Arab communities, spanning all socioeconomic levels. Dedicated to equal opportunity, Ruppin fosters a supportive learning environment where every student can achieve their full potential. Notably, many students overcome initial challenges to excel academically, enhancing their competitiveness in the job market. Through collaborative research between faculty and graduate students, Ruppin translates theoretical insights into practical solutions, addressing issues from sustainable food sources to elderly care in a rapidly evolving world. Emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, academic rigor, and social impact, Ruppin ensures that its educational mission enriches lives locally and globally, striving for excellence in teaching, learning, and research with a commitment to meaningful societal contributions.

Ruppin Academic Center

 

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest and most comprehensive research and teaching institution, situated in the nation's economic and cultural hub. The university focuses on high-level research and equipping students with critical thinking skills.

Tel Aviv University

CAMERI, Coastal and Marine Engineering Research Institute, is the leading Research Institute in Israel dedicated to Physical Oceanography Modeling and Research.

CAMERI, Coastal and Marine Engineering Research Institute

Government

Israel’s Electricity Authority plays a crucial role in the entire country’s functioning, as it oversees all services related to electricity. Its responsibilities include setting electricity rates, outlining criteria and indicators, quality control, and licensing.

Electricity Authority

The Ministry of Energy governs Israel’s many public and private entities in the energy and natural resources sectors. Its responsibilities encompass the spheres of electricity, fuel, LPG, natural gas, conservation of energy, petroleum explorations, minerals, earth science, marine research, and more. Two of the ministry’s most important responsibilities are consumer and environmental protection.

Ministry of Energy

Founded in 1988, the Ministry of Environmental Protection operates under binding international conventions and is responsible for protecting the environment and public health. The ministry promotes and implements laws, regulations, and standards regarding air quality, waste management, and supervision of hazardous materials as well conservation of natural resources and the marine environment.

Ministry of Environmental Protection

The Israel Planning Administration (IPA) is an independent unit within the Israel Ministry of Interior. Its primary mission is to plan and regulate land (and sea) use and development.

Planning Administration

Since Israel relies heavily on rainfall for drinking water, proper water management is crucial. The Government Water and Sewage Authority is responsible for the management, operation, conservation, and rehabilitation of the country's natural water resources, making it a critical component of Israeli society. 

Water Authority

Israel is a relatively small country and yet has 48 highways. The Ministry of Transport is responsible for their oversight as well as for the development of new infrastructure and transport systems for personal and commercial vehicles. It places particular emphasis on safety, mobility, and logistics, all of which are necessary for social and economic growth in Israel.

Ministry of Transport and Road Safety

Divided into districts by geographical regions, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is responsible for the planning and development of urbanization, foreign trade, agriculture investment, land conservation, and veterinary services. 

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

All matters of public health and medical services fall under the purview of the Ministry of Health, including hospitalization, preventative medicine, mental health, geriatrics, public health, and rehabilitation devices.

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Interior has a broad range of responsibilities, to include taxes, construction supervision, and business licensing through to beach cleanliness and and working with various religious communities. 

Ministry of Interior

Tourism is also a critical part of the Israeli economy. The Ministry of Tourism keeps this area strong by establishing commercial tourism projects, collaborating with media outlets, and launching diverse marketing initiatives.

Ministry of Tourism

An independent, publicly funded agency, the Israel Innovation Authority supports Israeli innovation and provides practical tools and funding for entrepreneurs, companies, academic groups, global corporations, and traditional manufacturing entities. It is an important component of Israel’s startup and tech sectors.

Innovation Authority

The Ministry of Communications is responsible for setting policy, opening the communications market to competition, licensing communications providers, and developing communications infrastructures. 

Ministry of Communications

Nature and national parks have played a prominent role in Israeli society since the country’s establishment, and the Nature and Parks Authority is dedicated to safeguarding these national treasures. Through the protection of nature reserves, national parks and open spaces, the authority works to preserve habitats, ecosystems, and biodiversity, while fostering a connection between people and the Land of Israel.

National Nature and Parks Authority

Maritime traffic, moorings and ports, vessels and operators, licensing and registration of vessels, prevention of pollution from ships, and seafarer and skipper certification all fall under the jurisdiction of the Administration of Shipping and Ports. It makes sure that shipping infrastructure stays safe, secure, environmentally friendly, and sustainable at all times.

Administration of Shipping and Ports

The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) plays a vital role in the country's economy as a licensed essential service supplier and administering the national electricity system. It currently provides electricity infrastructure, generation, transmission, and supply to three million customers. 

The Israel Electric Corporation

Noga - Independent System Operator Ltd. is a wholly government-owned company established during the 2018 Electricity Sector Reform in Israel. It oversees critical functions transferred from the Israel Electric Corporation and operates in strict compliance with electricity sector laws, regulations, and various authority decisions, ensuring efficient management and adherence to environmental guidelines.

Noga

Israel’s participation in global trade takes place at its three commercial seaports in Haifa, Ashdod, and Eilat, which are overseen by the Israel Ports Company (IPC). The company focuses on supporting national economic growth and reducing living costs by reinvesting profits in port development, fostering optimal operations and competition, and efficiently serving the maritime trade community.

Israel Ports Company 

MCCP Ltd. is tasked with safeguarding Israel's coastal kurkar cliffs, addressing the threat of sudden collapse caused by erosion from powerful sea waves, particularly during winter storms. MCCP mitigates this threat by strategically deploying mobile beach and near-shore sand to reduce wave force, diminishing erosion rates and enhancing natural sand protection at the cliff base.

The Mediterranean Coastal Cliffs Preservation

Mekorot is a global water brand specializing in the integrative management of various water types within a unified system. It supplies water to households, agriculture, and industry, along with engineering models for operational optimization and energy efficiency. Mekorot is a key player in water production through seawater and brackish water desalination, hydrology, drilling, treated wastewater management, and other areas.

Mekorot Israel National Water Co.

Formed by the Israeli government in 2008, the Dead Sea Preservation Government Company Ltd. focuses on protecting 14 hotels as well as beach infrastructure along the southern basin of the Dead Sea from flooding caused by industrial evaporation ponds. It manages water levels and sedimentation to ensure the preservation of the Dead Sea shoreline.

The Dead Sea Preservation Government Company

Founded in 1957, the Geophysical Institute of Israel (GII) is a state-owned onshore applied geophysics service provider, specializing in the mapping and characterization of the sub-surface. It provides services for oil and gas, mines and minerals, sub-surface engineering, and homeland security industries.

GII Geophysical Institute

Industry & Ports

In an era of rapid technological advancement, ZIM prioritizes digitization to benefit stakeholders, including customers and investors. Their commitment to technology drives the creation of innovative ecosystems tailored to customer needs, enhancing supply chain efficiency on a global scale. Managing shipping processes online exemplifies the seamless integration of digital tools in today’s supply chain. Through new partnerships, ZIM continues to simplify the shipping experience, embracing all-digital solutions for a more efficient future.

 

ZIM

Since 1959, Israel Shipyards Ltd has provided solutions for the naval and commercial marine markets. As a leader in shipbuilding, they specialize in ship design, repair, vessel renovation, project management, customer training, after-sales service, and technical support. Beyond shipbuilding, their expansive 330,000 sq. meter facility offers extensive manufacturing capabilities for ship-to-shore and land-based structures. Expert craftsmanship is showcased in every Israel Shipyards vessel through smart design, comprehensive testing, strict quality assurance, and long-term service.

Israel Shipyards

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited 

(APSEZ) has a significant presence in India's cargo movement with operations across 13 domestic ports in seven maritime states, offering extensive national coverage and enhanced hinterland connectivity. These ports are equipped with state-of-the-art cargo-handling infrastructure, capable of managing a variety of cargos, including dry, liquid, crude, and containers. Through its subsidiary Adani Logistics Ltd., APSEZ operates logistics parks in Haryana, Punjab, and Rajasthan, with a capacity of 500,000 TEUs annually. APSEZ has evolved into an integrated port infrastructure provider, with the Mundra SEZ in Gujarat as a notable example. Spanning over 8,000 hectares, it includes a multi-product SEZ, FTWZ, and Domestic Industrial Zone. APSEZ's integrated services in ports, logistics, and SEZ have established it as a leader in the Indian port sector.

Adani Ports

An essential infrastructure for Israeli trade, the Haifa Bay Port brings efficiency and improved service to exporters, importers, manufacturers, and shipping companies. Planned since 2009 and constructed between 2015 and 2021, it began operations on September 1, 2021. This significant infrastructure initiative enhances competition between ports, boosting efficiency and service quality. As a new growth engine for Haifa and its surrounding areas, the port supports the development of logistic centers and modern industrial parks, creating numerous jobs. Increasing Israel's port capacity, it accommodates large, modern, environmentally friendly vessels previously unable to visit due to their size. The Haifa Bay Port is operated by SIPG – Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., a global leader in container terminal and cargo operations.

Haifa Bay Port

Ashdod Port offers comprehensive services, including ship anchorage, full ship services, cargo unloading, storage, loading, and container management. The port also provides top-quality infrastructure for passenger liner anchorage, with bonded warehouses, cold storage, grain silos, and container repair services nearby. 

Ashdod Port

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