In 2001, the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and its chairman Prof. Dres. h.c. Manfred Lahnstein established the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society at the University of Haifa. The institute aims to reveal the complexities of contemporary German history through research, collective projects and analyses of identity formation, multiculturalism and citizenship. It promotes research on contemporary history and on the social, cultural and political reality of Germany and works to foster greater familiarity and understanding of modern Germany among the academic community. It further facilitates academic exchange between Germany, Europe and Israel.