rivka_carmi.jpgShalom and welcome to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU)!  It is my hope that your visit to our website brings you one step closer to a visit to one of our five campuses in the Negev.

Challenged with a unique and ambitious founding mandate to bring development to Israel’s southern region, BGU has been driven from the start by the Zionism and passion of David Ben-Gurion to make the desert bloom for the benefit of all of Israel.  This legacy guides the University to this day and is reflected throughout the University’s endeavors, including research driven by the issues facing our region, the community involvement by our students, and the University-sponsored programs that serve the community. 

This is particularly evident at BGU’s Sede Boqer campus where the study of Israel ensures that our heritage will be sustained into the future.  Sede Boqer is home to the University’s Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism and the Jacob Blaustein Institutes of Desert Research.  The former addresses the very soul of Israel by examining the Jewish People's renewal in its homeland while educating the leaders of tomorrow.  Researchers at the Blaustein Institutes make use of both the challenges and the resources of the land of Israel to foster sustainable dryland development for the future.  It is clear that at Sede Boqer, Israel itself is central to academic pursuit.
BGU is home to close to 20,000 students!  Our students come from every corner of Israel and from countries throughout the world.  Our areas of study run across the spectrum and attract a diverse community of students.  Along with this tremendous diversity, our students bring with them passion for their studies and commitment to the community. 

From the ancient to the cutting-edge (archaeology/nanotechnology), the heavens to the earth (astronomy to geology), entrepreneurism to social action (management/social work), the technical to the spiritual (engineering/Jewish philosophy), and of course, from the humanities to the hard sciences (Middle East studies/chemistry) - BGU has it, and our students and researchers pursue these topics with vigor and enthusiasm.

BGU is grooming the future leaders of Israel.  BGU promotes the values of community service, diversity, and leadership while providing students with critical knowledge, skills, and tools.  This comprehensive combination will equip students to assume leadership positions in society.  This approach is most directly put into action at BGU’s Mandel Social Leadership MBA program.  This innovative MBA program draws on BGU’s commitment to community service and excellence in education as it integrates business management and leadership development skills with an understanding of social issues and the role of civil society in order to train and develop top leaders for the Israel’s nonprofit and public sectors. 

Why give to BGU?  I’m pleased to share with you the many ways in which BGU is leading the way in the Negev and how our students, faculty, and researchers are making the difference.  For as David Ben-Gurion once said, “It is in the Negev that the creativity and the pioneering vigor of Israel shall be tested.”