70 years ago, the State of Israel was born, but this wasn’t the end of Technion’s work, rather the start of a whole new challenge. Never before did the fate of a nation rest so unequivocally on the education of its young people. Israel needed infrastructure, medicine, water and energy. It needed innovators, decision-makers and entrepreneurs. For all of this, the people looked to Technion.
“An Institute of Technology of a high level is one of the most vital needs of the State of Israel at this time,” said Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. “We are a small, poor people; our country is largely desolate; we are surrounded by hostile nations who threaten our existence. We are compelled to create, at an unprecedented rate, sources of livelihood for masses of our brethren who are returning to their homeland… For these great and difficult tasks we must call on the aid of the latest achievements of both pure and applied science and the most advanced improvements of technology.”
Technion was fast to meet the urgent needs of the fledgling nation, turning out top-quality engineers at vast speed. Yet Israel’s Institute of Technology was at the same time firmly rooted in the future. Reaching for the skies in 1949, Technion recruited Prof. Sydney Goldstein from Manchester University to chair Israel’s first department of Aeronautical Engineering. Within a decade, Technion had vastly expanded, leaving the original building in midtown Hadar to serve the young State of Israel and the world from the upper slopes of Mount Carmel.
At Technion, the fulfilment of a need is the starting point. The core of Technion power comes from vision – the vision to create a better future. This is a place where your imagination gets to work; where you are part of the global dynamo of reinvention – where everything is possible.
How will the new-born state protect and sustain itself?
“I have seen with great satisfaction how the Technion has been indispensable to Israel’s agriculture, industrial development, economic growth and national security. Its engineers, scientists and architects have literally built the State of Israel.”