BGU was inspired by the vision of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of Israel lay in the Negev region, a desert area comprising more than 60 percent of the country.
Today, BGU is a world-renowned institution of research and higher learning. Transcending the boundaries of academia to create a new model of education and research, the university impacts people’s lives in the Negev region, throughout Israel and around the world.
With some 20,000 students and three campuses in Be’er-Sheva, Sde Boker and Eilat, BGU is truly an oasis of innovation, leading research in cyber and homeland security, alternative energy, desert and water research, global health, autism research, medical technologies, Israel studies, culture and Jewish thought, and high-tech and robotics.
David Ben-Gurion was Israel’s first prime minister and leader of the Zionist Movement in the pre-state years. He was among those who wrote Israel’s Declaration of Independence and shaped the country’s image as a Jewish and democratic state. He also led Israel to victory during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
that is a leader in Autism research with the NEW Azrieli National Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopment
that has a NEW school of Sustainability and Climate Change
that graduates more than 1/3 of all engineers in the country
that is home to the Kappy and Eric Flanders National Palliative Resource Centre
that was voted by the National Union of Israeli Students as the best place to study for five years standing
the IDF has chosen BGU and Be’er Sheva as the place to relocate all of its high tech, computing and intelligence units. The IDF views BGU as central to its technological development.
BGU is the only university in Israel that includes on its campus a1,000 bed hospital, medical school and an advanced technology park.
BGU is located in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Be’er-Sheva and plays a significant and direct role in helping Israel’s most underserved population.
BGU is the university of choice for more than 600 Bedouin students
BGU is the only destination university in Israel where students move away from home to either live on campus or in local communities
BGU is the financial, social and employment lifeline to over 1-million residents in the Negev