Education Abroad: Survival Through Brainpower

The grass grows wild on Mount Scopus in Arab Jordan. Rain drips through the roofs of empty classrooms.

What was built before 1948 as a model campus for Hebrew University is now a forlorn and uninhabited neutral zone within sight of Israeli Jerusalem.

Once a fortnight, by United Nations authorization, a truck enters Mount Scopus, loads books from among the 250,000 that remain in the abandoned library, returns via the Mandelbaum Gate and takes its cargo to a striking new 250-acre campus that crowns the Judean Hills of Israel. There, in buildings made of pink limestone quarried on the site, Hebrew University...