A gift to BGU first and foremost supports our students.
Contributions support undergraduate scholarships and graduate and post-doctoral fellowships and open BGU’s doors to students who might otherwise not attend. Scholarships create educational opportunity in the face of difficult financial circumstances. Fellowships, on the other hand, enable BGU to attract top graduate students in the competitive global marketplace.
Support of the University’s operating budget also benefits students by improving educational opportunities at BGU. Among other things, funding allows the University to equip labs and purchase books and computers for the library, maintain and improve grounds and security systems, upgrade labs, classrooms, and facilities, and of course, provide salaries for professors, instructors, and staff - all of whom directly or indirectly serve our students.
Students are BGU’s stars and represent Israel’s future. At BGU students invest themselves in their studies and in the community, and academic achievement goes hand in hand with community service. This is apparent across the University, but is integral to the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School where community involvement takes place within the very first year of studies when students begin their work in community clinics and hospitals.
A donation to BGU contributes to a growing culture of learning in the Negev.
Educating new generations of undergraduates is a core component of BGU's mission. The University provides undergraduates with need-based scholarships, which are often provided to new immigrants, the socio-economically challenged, and residents of peripheral areas, many of whom are the first in their family to attend university. Our students return to their communities as role models with broadened horizons, knowledge, and skills that only higher education can provide.
In addition, University-sponsored community colleges, pre-academic programs, and continuing education programs make learning accessible to growing numbers of Negev residents. Innovative outreach programs abound, and activities at BGU’s Ilan Ramon Youth Physics Center provide just one example. The Ramon Center works to advance scientific education in the Negev with programs for virtually every age group, on campus and in the community, including: summer camps, academic enrichment programs, and a lecture series. Access to the BGU Physics Department’s expertise and facilities provides exceptional opportunities to local high school physics pupils who are able to conduct advanced scientific projects in BGU labs and participate in local and international competitions. Some pupils even have the opportunity to visit CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and its Large Hadron Collider – all under the auspices of the Ilan Ramon Youth Physics Center. Visit the Center's web page for more information (Hebrew).
Support of BGU contributes to scientific discovery and innovation within the living laboratory of the Negev.
BGU is a research institution of international repute. Grounded in five strong academic faculties, dynamic researchers contribute to the basic sciences and are impacting emerging and strategic fields of research and development such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, homeland security, energy/alternative energy, regenerative medicine, combatting desertification, and the areas of water, diabetes and brain research.
One of BGU’s greatest assets lies in its unique Negev location. This vast region comprises 60% of the landmass of Israel, but is home to only 8% of the country’s population. The Negev is exceptionally diverse and is often described as a living laboratory in terms of its climate, environment, and population, providing unique research opportunities, unavailable in other parts of the world. This opportunity is utilized throughout the University, and we are pleased to present a couple of examples from BGU’s Faculty of Health Sciences (FOHS):
First world treatment for third world populations - At the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School students are exposed to the Negev’s diverse populations, cultures, medical issues, and varied instances of disease. At BGU they are also given the privilege, opportunity, and challenge of utilizing first-class treatment methodologies across the full spectrum of the population.
BGU’s Negev location lends itself to a wide range of research topics - Research topics are guided by the health issues and challenges facing the local community, and research subjects are drawn from the community with research outcomes directly benefitting the community. This includes medical research in the areas of genetics and the development of treatment for hereditary disease, the influence of cultural differences on medical care and compliance, the effect of environmental factors on the development of illness, and more recently, as Beer-Sheva has come under attack, researchers have had the opportunity to study the many facets of trauma and stress.
Promote Community Service
Support of the University also promotes the community service efforts BGU is known for.
At BGU academics and community service go hand in hand. This commitment runs deep and is reflected throughout BGU’s academic Faculties. The very establishment of the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School and the Charlotte B. and Jack J. Spitzer Department of Social Work was based on meeting the needs of the diverse Negev population. University-sponsored pre-academic programs, enrichment programs for local children and youth and continuing education programs emanating from the University’s academic Faculties that make learning accessible to growing numbers of Negev residents.
In addition, BGU scholarship recipients have community service responsibilities, which multiply the impact of a donation to BGU. Over the years, original community outreach programs have been developed and implemented, reflecting the community's changing needs and the originality of BGU students.
For every student who has lived in an Open Apartment (web site is in Hebrew) of the Community Action Department (web site is in Hebrew) or served as a mentor through the Perach tutoring program, there are many others who have personally benefitted from the one-on-one contact. Add those whose lives have been touched by the hundreds of other programs – in health, education and social action – and it is clear that the impact of community service projects stemming from BGU is enormous
Support of the University provides an opportunity to embrace diversity.
The great diversity in BGU’s student body is reflective of the Negev population which includes immigrants from North Africa, Ethiopia, India, Europe, North and South America, and the republics of the former Soviet Union, as well as Bedouin Arabs and Jews born in Israel. These students come from cities, development towns, kibbutzim, moshavim, and Bedouin villages. The diversity of the population provides opportunities for interaction between diverse segments of the population.
This mingling of backgrounds, cultures, and approaches expands possibilities in the areas of community outreach, allows for greater impact in this area, and it opens up new avenues of research, discussion, and ideas. For example, the Negev’s diverse population has contributed to medical research in such areas as: genetics and the development of treatment for hereditary disease, the influence of cultural differences on medical care and compliance, and the effect of environmental factors on the development of illness.
Advance BGU’s Strategic Priorities
Investment in the University’s strategic priorities is critical to BGU’s continued growth. Progress in any one area contributes to the development of the University as a whole and also contributes to a dynamic that impacts individual students, BGU, and the Negev and advances Israel’s position in academia and scientific endeavor and its reputation as a catalyst for change.
This dynamic can be clearly illustrated by this example at BGU’s Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research
(BIDR) Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies
(AKIS) in Sede Boqer. Unfortunately, outstanding AKIS candidates are turned away from the program for a single reason - there is no room to house them! In Sede Boqer, as well as in Beer-Sheva, the need for subsidized student housing far exceeds the University’s dormitory rooms.
BIDR is internationally recognized as Israel's home for advanced desert studies and research. BGU scientists educate the next generation of leaders in the field, providing them with the knowledge and tools to carry out research, take responsible positions in the management of drylands, and lead the battle to combat desertification, one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time.
AKIS is home to some 180 graduate students who come from countries all over the world to earn a degree in desert studies. Today there are more than 250 graduates using their knowledge to promote the implementation of sustainable technologies and the policies necessary to combat desertification around the world. The funding of new dormitories will bring increased numbers of students to conduct research that will produce knowledge, findings, and applications that will reach across Israel to the four corners of the Earth. click here to read more about our strategic priorities
A gift to BGU is a gift to the Negev - each donation to BGU helps the desert bloom.
BGU’s presence in Beer-Sheva has invigorated the periphery and contributed significantly to the development and growth of the region. By first attracting and then retaining top students, BGU acts as a magnet in the vital endeavor to create a "New Israel in the Negev." BGU has become part of the very fabric of the Negev region, and BGU’s presence extends beyond the educational realm, into the health care system, local business and industry, and into the day-to-day life of the community.
BGU fuels healthcare in the Negev – driving medical research, educating physicians and healthcare professionals, providing medical care and treatment, and improving resources such as access to MRI equipment.
BGU students will be the Negev’s future business, government, and community leaders. As the flagship institution of the Negev and Beer-Sheva’s largest employer, BGU is a catalyst for change in the region, and BGU’s academic-industry partnerships are already contributing to regional growth. The Advanced Technologies Park (ATP), located next to Beer-Sheva’s Marcus Family Campus, is attracting international companies, such as EMC2 and Deutsche Telecom, and BGU graduates are already staffing their research labs. With more high-tech corporations vying for space in the ATP, the Negev could well become the next “Silicon Wadi.”
BGU is part of the life of the community. BGU students dwell across the region. They participate in community events, volunteer in community service projects, and contribute to the economy of the region. BGU also serves the community directly, and the Center for Women's Health Studies and Promotion provides multiple examples of BGU’s community involvement. The Center focuses on women’s health issues and strives to promote women’s health status with programs such as: Em le Em (Mom to Mom), a project that trains veteran mothers and pairs these volunteers with new mothers, and Isha Be-Shela (a Woman in a Place of Her Own), a counseling program that provides a wide range of psychotherapy services to women in the Negev.
Building the State of Israel
Each donation enables BGU to continue to fulfill its historic directive.
BGU is mindful of its history and heritage. The establishment of BGU went far beyond the creation of just another university in Israel. BGU was founded in 1969 with a government mandate to spearhead the development of the Negev. Thus, upon its very establishment, BGU was charged with the weighty responsibility of serving as a catalyst for growth and development in the Negev. From its inception, the University has and directed its attention and resources towards realizing the potential of the Negev – a potential as vast as its size which represents 60% of the landmass of Israel!
The University inherited not just the name of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, but also his steadfast commitment to the Negev as Israel's "greatest hope" for the future. BGU has always been more than a traditionally defined institute of higher learning. BGU stands at the crossroads of education and society based on an unwavering commitment which extends beyond the classroom and research lab and reaches out to the people and communities of Israel’s vast Negev region. With its historic mandate, BGU will continue to make the desert bloom for the benefit of all of Israel.
Your gift will have significant impact worldwide: Scientific discovery will have global benefit, Israel’s academic and scientific stature position will increase worldwide, and Israel’s international profile will be raised.
BGU’s research developments and scientific advancements will affect both the population across the street and across the globe, fueling research within Israel and around the world. As part of the global academic community, BGU’s students, faculty, graduates, and post-doctoral fellows share their energy, skills, and expertise internationally. Positive experiences with our “start-up nation” through collaboration, interaction, and personal encounter have the potential to advance Israel's scientific standing in the world and improve Israel’s international profile.
An introduction to the emerging field of homeland security demonstrates the difference a gift to BGU can make. Each day Israel rises to the challenge of protecting itself from enemies near and far. Israel has had no other choice but to be a leader in the area of homeland security, a field which has steadily moved beyond mere physical protection and includes issues such as: deterrence, defense, communications, preparedness for an ever expanding list of scenarios, providing for the security of society, and the protection of populations, borders, infrastructure, and information.
BGU’s Homeland Security Institute was established in response to these issues to pursue research and technologies that address Israel’s security challenges and those of the free world. BGU, with expertise in the areas of robotics, cyber technology, satellite use, and remote sensing, is a leader in field of homeland security and the only university in Israel to have such an institute. BGU researchers collaborate internationally at the highest levels to address the challenges of our time.
Support of homeland security research at BGU will enable our researchers to meet these challenges and contribute to the homeland security needs of Israel and its allies. BGU’s leadership role in the field will contribute to Israel’s increased academic and scientific stature. The establishment of global collaborative relationships will be a positive contribution to Israel’s international stature and well-being, as each BGU researcher, faculty and students alike, becomes an ambassador of Israel as they bring their voices to universities and scientific communities around the world.