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The Naftali Wydra Division for Ports and Shipping Research

Yehuda Hayuth

Yehuda Hayuth was born in Jerusalem to Eliezer and Margalit, and grew up in Kiryat Haim. He served in the IDF as a paratrooper, participating in the battle for Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967.

He held a B.A. in Geography and General History from the University of Haifa, an M.A. with honors in Geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in the United States, where he specialized in Maritime Transportation Systems and Port Planning. In 1980, his innovative approach to long-term port planning was awarded first prize in an international competition hosted by the Rotterdam Port Authority and M.I.T. Recognized as a leading expert in shipping and ports.  Hayuth was pivotal in integrating the Wydra Institute into the University of Haifa. Ascending to Vice President for Administration at the University of Haifa in 1992, he was elected president in 1995, serving until 2004. Following his presidency, he led an integrated transport project team in the European Union. Later, he returned to the Wydra Institute, where he continued contributing to the field with his expertise until his retirement.

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