The anniversary year "Fifty Years of Diplomatic Relations between Germany and Israel" is reflected in the current academic program of Freie Universität Berlin. In 1963 the first Institute of Jewish Studies in Germany was founded at Freie Universität. This year the university is hosting a variety of conferences and workshops for scholars and scientists in cooperation with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and other Israeli universities. German-Israeli cooperation in science and research was a pioneering factor in the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In teaching, research, and professional development, Freie Universität works closely with universities in Israel, especially with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Even before the two countries officially took up diplomatic relations, German students reached out to Israelis, and scientists worked together, also at Freie Universität.
Joint research projects and classes are closely connected with the individuals who have been shaping the academic cooperation between Germany and Israel for decades.