50 TAU Firsts in Israel and Beyond
Having just completed its first half-century, Tel Aviv University is justifiably proud of leading the way in academia and Israeli society. Here's a sampling of fifty TAU "firsts" — with more breakthroughs added every year:
TAU operates the first and only space observatory in the Middle East.
TAU runs Israel’s first and only academic research zoo.
TAU developed Israel’s first science and technology curriculum for primary schools.
TAU was the first university in Israel to appoint a Commissioner for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment.
TAU was ranked first in the sciences among Israeli universities by London’s The Times.
TAU founded Israel’s first major think tank in national security and strategic studies.
TAU developed Israel’s first and only medical school program accredited in North America.
A TAU research team was the first to identify four genes linked to hearing loss.
TAU laboratories were the first in the world to focus research on the microenvironment of the cancer cell.
TAU opened the first legal clinics in Israel, combining hands-on learning with public service.
TAU founded the first and only interdisciplinary graduate school in Israel for environmental studies.
TAU established Israel’s first and only academic faculty of the arts.
TAU opened the first master’s degree program in health administration.
TAU launched the first architectural preservation certification course in Israel.
TAU received Israel’s first civilian supercomputer.
TAU hosted the first Egyptian scientists to attend a scientific conference in Israel.
TAU created the first partnership in Israel between a university and a major orchestra.
TAU was the first institution in Israel to transform nursing into an academic field.
TAU is the first and only university in Israel to partner with a municipality to create a community building project the Price-Brodie Initiative in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality.
TAU was the first university in Israel to accept students based on their high school performance alone.
TAU zoologists were the first to initiate a nature protection society in Israel.
TAU established the first program in Israel to train physicians from developing countries.
TAU launched Israel’s first and only Yiddish language summer program, one of only four such programs in the world.
TAU sent the first Israeli delegation of marine biology researchers to the Red Sea.
TAU established Israel’s first psychotherapy studies department.
TAU administers the Dan David Prize for achievements having an outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact on our world Israel’s first and only million dollar awards.
TAU was the first university in Israel to appoint a Dean of Immigrant Absorption.
TAU scientists identified the largest and most complicated membrane protein complex ever characterized.
TAU boasts the first scientist to identify the gene for the disease ataxia telangiectasis (A-T).
TAU introduced Israel’s first mandatory green architecture and sustainable development program for architecture students.
TAU opened the first BA program in Israel for women and gender studies.
TAU was the first university in Israel to launch a peace project following the 1979 Israel-Egypt accord.
TAU runs the first and only center for the study of migrating birds in the Middle East.
TAU founded Israel’s first and only international student film festival, one of the biggest in the world.
TAU opened Israel’s first graduate school of government and policy.
TAU launched the first graduate program in diplomacy in Israel.
TAU research discovered the first skull fossil for A. Afarensis, a four-million-year-old human ancestor.
TAU astronomers took the first size measurements of newly discovered galaxies.
TAU produces graduates in the fields of management and law ranked first in quality by Israeli employers.
TAU sent the first Israeli scientific experiment into space.
TAU numbers among only four universities in the world to partner with the Kellogg School of Management the first-ranked business school in the US.
TAU set up Israel’s first experimental schools.
TAU established Israel’s first institute for the study of Zionism.
TAU offered Israel’s first master’s program for judges.
TAU is the first in Israel to provide a 24/7 video broadcast of its live animal collection on the Internet.
TAU has in its academic ranks Israel’s first ambassador to Jordan.
TAU was ranked first in Israel for citations per paper in the field of engineering.
TAU was the first Israeli university to reach out to Jewish scientists behind the iron curtain.
TAU established the first student affirmative action program at an Israeli university.
TAU’s biophysics team was the first in the world to isolate and clone neurotransmitter transporters.