Dec. 22, 2016
Dear Friends,
It has been a busy and exciting few months here at BGU. We dedicated the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Institute for Social Leadership Building with our dear friend Mort. I have no doubt that this inspiring institute will become a model for other universities. Adding to our unique capabilities, we launched the Center for Israel Studies thanks to the Azrieli Foundation and Danna Azrieli honored us with her thoughtful words at the ceremony in Sede Boqer. There has never been a more urgent need for such a center in the face of those who would demonize Israel.
We continue to honor Ben-Gurion's vision by recognizing outstanding individuals on Ben-Gurion Day every year. This year, the ceremony was especially moving.
One of the elements of the University's success lies in international partnerships and recognition for our faculty both in Israel and abroad. BGU launched new collaborations in Canada and India and several of our faculty won prestigious awards for their groundbreaking research. We are proud of our faculty, students and staff who pursue excellence every day.
As we head into the holiday season, may we bring warmth and light to each other at gatherings of family and friends. It is especially apropos at this time of year to thank all of you for your support - who keep the BGU torch burning fiercely and proudly.
Happy Hanukkah from Ben-Gurion University!
Watch the campus light up now
In a moving ceremony filled with song and laughter, BGU recognized an academic, two activists, one author, a musician, a politician and one academic-politician-activist.
We thanked them for their service and charged them to continue their extraordinary efforts on behalf of humanity.
By honoring distinguished personages, we urge them to uphold Ben-Gurion's legacy and realize his vision for the Negev and for Israel.




Five facts you may not have known about Israel's first prime minister.

This beautiful building will house the first-of-its-kind Mandel Social Leadership MBA Program and future executive programs.
One of the interesting aspects of this building is that a time capsule was included in its construction to be opened in 50 years.
Watch highlights from the ceremony.
Thank you to our dear partners - Danna Azrieli and Offi Zisser of the Azrieli Foundation of Canada and Israel - for making this essential historical, sociological and policy-advising center a reality.
The Hebrew Culture and Israel and World Jewry laboratories were launched this year, with another three laboratories to follow in the coming years. 

Zuckerberg Institute benefactor Roy J. Zuckerberg gave a keynote address on “Investing in Water Research Through Philanthropy” as Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the first joint Israel/U.S. BusinessH2O Summit, held in Las Vegas this month.


New Partnerships
The University signed an agreement with PayPal to work on big data, machine learning and cyber security jointly to continue to help secure the accounts of the online payment giant’s hundreds of millions of customers
Taboola CEO and Co-Founder Adam Singolda cited BGU’s stellar engineering talent and the move of the IDF’s elite technology and intelligence units to the Negev as incentives to opening the center.
After Successful Competition, BGU's iGEM Team Looks to Develop a Bacteria to "Eat" Plastic
This year’s iGEM team finished in the top three in several categories at the synthetic biology competition at MIT. Now they want to turn their idea into reality.
Read more about their project here



He was very favorably received in his hometown at a talk sponsored by the major Jewish organizations led by CABGU. Dreman is an internationally-recognized expert who talked about integrating immigrants and refugees based on a series of workshops he ran at BGU.


The Zalman Aranne Central Library recently received fourteen cartons of books from the collection of the late Sylvia Kedourie, a renowned British historian of the Middle East through the efforts of BGUF. They will be added to the extensive collection of her late husband, Eli, which is already at the library.
On behalf of the entire University, wishing you and your families a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year!
Yours in Gratitude and Friendship,

Prof. Rivka Carmi
President, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev