Haifa is the metropolis of the north. A city of all its residents, a modern city that supplies solutions in all areas to the variegated populaces that create the unique and rich multi-cultural fabric the city is renowned for.
Haifa is the third largest city in Israel, with a population of over 265,000. Another 300,000 people live in towns directly adjacent to the city, together there are nearly 600,000 residents which makes up the inner core of the Haifa metropolitan area. Haifa is a city where Jews and Arabs live together in a regular contact, and make genuine efforts to promote coexistence. Other minorities like the Bahais, Druze, and Ahmadis, have also found Haifa a comfortable place to live in.
The city plays an important role in Israel's economy. It has several high-tech parks with more than 50 leading high-tech firms, an industrial port, located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline, and a petroleum refinery. Building on our strong industrial experience, Haifa continues to be a place of great discovery in the digital, biomedical and biotechnological fields.
In Haifa there is the largest number of students in Israel. There are about 35,000 students and some 5,000 staff members and researchers in the two leading academic institutes – Haifa University and the Technion, with all fields of science and engineering. Few colleges are also active in Haifa, including the Gordon College of Education, and a college of education for the Arab sector.