BGU at a Glance

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A world-renowned institution of research and higher learning, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) brings to life David Ben-Gurion’s vision of transforming the Negev.

BGU IS MAKING THE DESERT BLOOM 3 Campuses Across the Negev • Marcus Family Campus in Beer-Sheva • Sde Boker Campus • Eilat Campus

5 Faculties (Colleges) • Engineering Science • Health Sciences • Humanities & Social Sciences • Natural Sciences

10 National Research Institutes & Projects •B en-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism

•B en-Gurion National Solar Energy Center

•H eksherim - Research Center for Jewish and Israeli Culture & Literature

•T he Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research

• National Autism Research Center

• Homeland Security Institute

•N ational Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN) • I lse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology • I srael Defense Forces (IDF) Pilots Academy

Fastest growing research university in Israel with 60 research centers

• Cyber Security Research Center

2 International Programs BGU International

Medical School for International Health

EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS • 20,000 Students • 6,000+ Graduate Students • 1,000 international students from 50 countries • 150,000 alumni around the world

GROUNDBREAKING SPECIAL INITIATIVES 57 Acre North Campus in Formation • 1 ,000 person student dormitory village • Expansive 21st C. classrooms & research facilities • World-class cultural center

BGU’s Goldman Sonnenfeldt School of Sustainability & Climate Change Rated #1 “green campus” in Israel • 1 50+ research labs & multiple research centers across all three campuses addressing climate change solutions

“We have the power to improve our planet.” – BGU Master’s student, Chigozie Joy Uja


Beer-Sheva, Israel


Advanced Technologies Park

• 1,000 patents filed to date

•H ome to 70+ global tech corporations’ R&D centers, incubators & start-ups

• 1,000 new research grants annually

• 3,000+ employees

•3 50 start-ups established by faculty & alumni worldwide

• 40% BGU graduates

BGU is the largest employer in the Negev with 6,700 employees

Yazamut 360° Through accelerators, VC funds, workshops & collaborations, Yazamut 360 creates entrepreneurial opportunities for students, researchers & staff




undergraduate participants

start-ups launched each year

Vibrant entrepreneurship communities

Recognized as one of the top 50 universities worldwide to produce entrepreneurs

BGU & IDF: A REMARKABLE PARTNERSHIP • 35,000 soldiers & officers stationed in the Negev •4 ,000 soldiers & officers will be relocated to the new IDF High-Tech Campus, adjacent to BGU • ALL of Israel’s elite air force pilots receive their undergraduate degrees at BGU

—L T.-COL. ITAI SAGI Responsible for establishing the IDF’s C4i Cyber Defense Campus

We are following the vision of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. We are moving the best people to the Negev… Next to the IDF campus are the University and tech companies, with their own labs. We are creating a very significant ecosystem.

THE SPIRIT OF BGU Impacting the Community •6 ,000 undergraduates volunteer in educational, social action and environmental sustainability initiatives • 10,000 adults and children benefit from these programs • 12,000 school children participate in BGU-led STEM programs annually

Creating a Shared Society BGU’s inclusive campus embraces under-resourced communities to create equal opportunity. •5 50+ Bedouin students study at BGU, the highest enrollment rate in Israel • First Israeli university requiring gender equality on appointment committees •A proud partner in the “Israeli Hope” national initiative launched by Israel’s former President Reuven Rivlin •P rof. Sarab Abu-Rabia Queder, BGU’s VP of Diversity & Inclusion, is the first Arab woman from the Negev promoted to professor

WHO We Are Americans for Ben-Gurion University (A4BGU) plays a vital role in support of a 21st century unifying vision for Israel by rallying around BGU’s remarkable work and role as an apolitical beacon of light in the Negev. A4BGU engages a community of Americans who are committed to improving the world.

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AWARENESS of BGU’s unique role in nurturing the Negev community, while sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. FINANCIAL RESOURCES to advance BGU’s remarkable work.

RUN PROGRAMS, like the Zin Fellows Leadership Program, which engages and immerses the next generation of leaders in support of Israel.

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