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BGU Signs MOU with German Armed Forces University

Jun. 19, 2017
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BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi and Universität der Bundeswehr (UniBw) München President Prof.​Merith Niehuss (pictured above) signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week laying the groundwork for future collaborations in fields ranging from civil engineering to cyber security. The German Armed Forces University has a number of similar areas of research and is seeking to expand some of its research capabilities. 

UniBw has a student body of 3,000, 90% of whom are some of the top soldiers in the German Armed Forces. They must sign up for 13 years and when they are discharged and enter the civilian labor market they have military training and advanced degrees. 

UniBw has a number of research centers that correspond to BGU’s research strengths and therefore they sought out BGU’s assistance to expand. 

Risk, Infrastructure, Security and Conflict Center – Prof. Niehuss was accompanied by Prof. Dr. Norbert Gebbeken, Civil Engineering Department, who has consulted on the protection of the Israeli Consulate in Munich and the new German Embassy in Tel Aviv, among many other projects. 

BGU’s Prof. David Ornai of the Structural Engineering Department is currently a visiting researcher at UniBw, strengthening the research collaboration even before the MoU was signed. 

At UniBw’s Modern Vehicles Center, they focus on driving assistance systems and off road autonomous vehicles. BGU’s Prof. Hugo Guterman is one of Israel’s foremost experts in autonomous robotics researching autonomy in the air, on land, and in the sea. 

The Galileo satellite was invented at UniBw in their Munich Integrated Research on Aerospace. BGU is currently building up its aerospace capabilities and recently successfully launched a nanosatellite called BGUSAT in conjunction with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Israel Space Agency. 

UniBw is also interested in Smart Health, as is BGU. 

Finally, UniBw is set to make a big push to increase their cyber defense research capabilities. They will build a 250 million Euro cyber security building, which will make them the biggest center in Germany. They are set to add 15 new professorships and 80-90 jobs in the field. Moreover, the German Ministry of Internal Affairs will be sending 400 cyber security experts to research and train at UniBw. 

BGU is at the heart of turning Beer-Sheva into the cyber capital of Israel and a major international hub. BGU has many researchers from a variety of departments focusing on cyber security and has longstanding partnerships with major multinational corporations such as Deutsche Telekom, Dell-EMC, Leidos and IBM. The IDF’s technology units are set to move to Beer-Sheva in the next five years and BGU is doubling the size of its Beer-Sheva campus to accommodate an expected 5,000 more students from the IDF. Israel’s National CERT has moved into the Advanced Technologies Park adjacent to the University. The Park is a BGU initiative to retain and increase the number of hi-tech jobs in the South. 

BGU’s Vice Rector for International Academic Affairs Prof. Limor Aharonson-Daniel and Dr. Alexandra Bettag, Director International Office, UniBw also took part in the meeting.

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