About BGU

The only Israeli university created by government mandate, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) was established in 1969 with a mission to be an engine for the development of Israel’s Negev region.

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. Today, BGU is a world-renowned institution of research and higher learning, transcending the boundaries of academia. 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.

About David Ben-Gurion

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.

Following his passing in 1973, the University of the Negev was renamed, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Watch now! Join us on a guided virtual tour of David Ben-Gurion’s Sde Boker home.

BGU By the Numbers

Academic Departments
Interdisciplinary research programs
National Research Centers
of all Israeli engineers graduate from BGU
Among Israeli universities on the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking 
Students involved in community projects

Top Reasons Why BGU Deserves Your Charity Dollars

BGU is the only university in Israel:

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

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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.

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