We are between semesters and our students are diligently studying for finals and writing papers – the groundwork for future academic excellence, and we wish them luck.
While academic excellence begins at the undergraduate level, research excellence is created by young faculty who have promising careers ahead of them. Three such have just won European Research Council Starting Grants – Drs. Eyal Arbely, Natan Rubin and Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their research in the near future thanks to the generous support of Europe’s most competitive research grant program.
Another highly successful Cybertech conference was just held in Tel Aviv, where BGU, the conference’s academic partner, showcased its mature research capabilities – revealing a new breakthrough in detecting botnets – and announced a new summer program for international students in data mining with an emphasis on cyber security. BGU is highly sought after in the field of cyber security where we have established an international reputation for innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.
Finally, I would like to take a moment to mark the passing of two staunch friends of BGU – Lottie Marcus z”l, in whose honor the Marcus Family Campus was dedicated in 2005, and Lord George Weidenfeld of Chelsea z”l, former chairman of our Board of Governors.
Howard and Lottie Marcus z"l focused their generosity on BGU, and through this generosity we will propel the University forward to continue fulfilling its mandate on behalf of Beer-Sheva, the Negev, Israel and the world through its extraordinary students and faculty and state-of-the-art facilities.
Lord Weidenfeld was a friend of the University for the last 40 years, making key introductions and lending his name and reputation to bolster the reputation of a small but growing and energetic university in the Israeli desert.