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.
Through the financing of the ZEIT-Stiftung, which was established in honor of the founder of Die Zeit newspaper Gerd Bucerius, Prof. Manfred Lahnstein and Prof. Yfaat Weiss made fundamental contributions to the creation of the Bucerius Institute.