Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב
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Motto "Israel's capacity for science and research will be tested in the Negev..." David Ben-Gurion
Established 1969
Type Public
President Prof. Rivka Carmi
Rector Prof. Zvi Hacohen
Academic staff 1,640
Students 18,374
Undergraduates 12,917
Postgraduates 4,160
Location Beersheba, Israel
Campus Urban

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Hebrew: אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב‎, Universitat Ben Gurion Banegev)  (BGU) is a university in Beersheba, Israel, established in 1969. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has a current enrollment of 17,400 students, and is one of Israel's fastest growing universities.


Development of the Negev

One of the university's goals is to promote development of the Negev region, inspired by the vision of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the country's future lay in the relatively undeveloped south. Originally named University of the Negev, the name was changed to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev after Ben-Gurion's death in November 1973.


Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology
Zalman Aran library
The Zuker-Goldstein-Goran Building

Other campuses include Midreshet Ben-Gurion, near kibbutz Sde Boker where Ben-Gurion spent his retirement years, and a campus in Eilat. The Eilat branch has 1,100 students, about 75 percent from outside the city. In 2010, a new student dormitory was funded and built by the Jewish Federation of Toronto, the Rashi Foundation, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the municipality of Eilat.[1] The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research in Sde Boker awards masters degrees and PhDs in desert-related subjects.

Academic specialities

Ben-Gurion University is a world leader in arid zone research and offers its expertise to many developing countries. In keeping with its mandate, it plays a key role in promoting industry, agriculture and education in the Negev.[2] More recently, Ben-Gurion University has become a leader in international business with the success of the English-language Honors MBA (HMBA) program. [3]

Ben Gurion Archive

Ben Gurion University houses the archives of David Ben-Gurion, comprising some 750,000 documents that reflect the ideology, political activities, and spiritual testament of Ben-Gurion and constitute an invaluable record of the creation of the State of Israel.[4]

Aranne University Library

Special collections at the library include the Tuviyahu Archives of the Negev, the Amos Oz archive and the Aharon Appelfeld archive.[5]

Medical School for International Health

The Medical School for International Health (MSIH) is an English-language collaboration between Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences and Columbia University Medical Center located in Beersheba, Israel.[6] Its stated aims are to graduate doctors with special skills in primary care and community, preventive, and population-based medicine. Established in 1996, the school enrolls more than 40 students per year.[7] Most of the students are from the United States, with several from Canada and other countries. The director is Mark Clarfield. A joint global health and medical care program was established in 1997.[8]

International student programs

Most of the courses are taught in Hebrew, but the university runs several English-language programs that attract students from around the world:

Notable faculty members

Notable alumni

Gila Gamliel

Notable awards

Professor Gerald Blidstein of the Department of Jewish Thought and Philosophy is the only faculty member of Ben-Gurion University to have received the prestigious Israel Prize.

See also

  • List of universities in Israel


  1. ^ "New Student Dormitories Dedicated in Eilat Campus". January 27, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Top Universities
  3. ^ Home. "HMBA". Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ben-Gurion University of the Negev". Jewish Virtual Library. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Aranne Library special collections". Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Medical Students Pursue their Dream in Beersheva", Leora Eren Frucht, Israel 21c, August 13, 2006
  7. ^ Home page, Medical School for International Health, accessed February 20, 2008
  8. ^ "Global medicine – an Israeli speciality", JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH , The Jerusalem Post, August 8, 2004

External links

Coordinates: 31°15′43.89″N 34°48′5.44″E / 31.2621917°N 34.8015111°E / 31.2621917; 34.8015111

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