Values for a New Israel  
Liberty and Responsibility 

Modeled on distinguished private colleges in the United States, IDC is organized as a non-profit corporate entity,
taking no direct government subsidies, and dedicated
to the pursuit of excellence in research and education.


Values for a New Israel

There were no private educational institutions of significance in Israel until 1994, when IDC Herzliya was founded. Modeled on distinguished small colleges in the United States, IDC Herzliya is a non-profit corporate entity which is not subsidized by the government and is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education and research. Its founders aimed to create an Israeli university for the third millennium – a university where personal achievement goes hand in hand with social responsibility.

IDC Herzliya believes that after six decades of nation building dominated by a centralized economy, Israeli society will prosper by embracing entrepreneurship. Recognizing the value of market forces, private initiative and innovation will express Israel’s humanist and democratic tradition. This liberating spirit is an inspiration to any enlightened culture that participates in our global society.


Shimon Peres, President of the State of Israel, with students of IDC Herzliya. From left: President Peres; Tzely Shalev, Ecuador; Pascal Cohen, Germany; Bur Asherov, Kenya; and Emmanuel Heymann, Luxembourg.




IDC Herzliya Motto:

"Liberty and Responsibility"

  • IDC Herzliya seeks to train Israel’s leaders of the future – to nurture a business, political, technological, communications, psychology and juridical leadership of the highest caliber. IDC Herzliya’s approach is fundamentally different from other academic institutions in Israel due to its interdisciplinary spirit and strong social commitment.
    • IDC Herzliya aspires to provide its students with a broad, in-depth education and the skills needed to excel in the international business arena of the 21st century.
  • IDC Herzliya seeks to employ accomplished faculty of international repute whose careers reflect a combination of scholarly excellence and practical experience.
    • IDC Herzliya is a non-profit institution established for the public good. IDC Herzliya does not receive any financial support from the government budgetary system for higher education and thus enjoys complete academic and administrative freedom.
  • IDC Herzliya charges tuition based on actual costs, while taking into account the financial means of its students. It selects and rewards its faculty and administrative staff on the basis of individual merit.
    • IDC Herzliya is actively involved in the community, contributing according to its capabilities and the resources at its disposal.
  • IDC Herzliya is committed to the fundamental values of a free and tolerant society – first and foremost, freedom of the individual for self-realization in all realms of thought and action. IDC Herzliya works to strengthen these values in Israeli society and to encourage its students to conduct themselves in a way consistent with them. 



    Student quote:

    "Before I made aliyah two years ago, I had the apprehensions one would expect to have regarding leaving my home country for Israel. Luckily, my experiences have gone above and beyond my expectations. One of the greatest aspects of my experience in Israel is that I am sharing it with people from 51 different countries and we discuss our different perspectives in the classroom as we learn together."  

    Tatiana Weisman, Boca Raton, U.S.