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THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY PRESS
1929-1945
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EACHING and research are complementary in any univer-
sity worthy of the name. The Hebrew University does not
not differ in this respect from its sister universities — older in
years and tradition — of other countries. In almost two scores
of institutes, departments and laboratories, the Hebrew University
is conducting research in all branches of science — Humanities,
Natural Sciences, Medicine; two Faculties — the Faculty of Hu-
manities and Mathematics, and the Faculty of Natural Science —
and the School of Agriculture are training hundreds of pupils. A
third faculty, the Faculty of Medicine, is in the stage of realization,
and an Institute of Social Sciences and Economics will shortly be
founded.
Academic teaching, like all teaching, depends upon instruments.
The principal instrument is the book: texts, commentaries, die-
tionaries and bibliographical guides. Research, once its results
have been clarified and set forth in literary form, requires publica-
tion, either as an article in a scientific journal, as a separate mono-
graph, in the form of a publication of a hitherto unknown text,
as a critical re-edition of a known text, or in a more comprehensive
and sometimes even encyclopedic form, the fruit of the joint effort
of a group of workers in one field.
Certain universities, especially in the Anglo-Saxon countries,
consider it incumbent upon them to spread culture and knowledge
beyond their walls. The Hebrew University fulfils its part in
extra-mural activity of this nature. This function demands, apart
from lectures, books, though these are of a different nature from
those which have been mentioned. Only when all these functions
are appreciated is the full diversity of the various literary instru-
ments, upon which the University depends for the fulfilment of
its functions, unfolded to us.
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