Dean of the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management Prof. Oded
Lowengart noted the appropriateness of the location of the new
building, between the advanced technology departments on one side of the
campus, and the social sciences, humanities and management on the other.
"The location of the Mandel Institute symbolizes the vision of our
university: two pillars of advanced and rigorous research and teaching in all
academic fields and social commitment and responsibility to Israeli
Earlier this year, the University announced a gift of
$13,106,700 from the Foundation. The gift is comprised of a capital grant
of $10 million to construct the new building; the remaining more than $3
million will establish the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors Program
in Social Leadership, which will be housed in the new building.
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors Program in Social
Leadership will incorporate the current academic MBA program in social
leadership, the Israel Center for Third-Sector Research and the eventual
executive programs that will all be under the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
Institute for Social Leadership. The purpose of the Mandel Honors Program in
Social Leadership is to teach students within the Guilford Glazer Faculty of
Business and Management, including students enrolled in other business
programs, relevant business administration, social responsibility, and social
The new building will be located adjacent to the Guilford
Glazer Faculty of Business and Management. The 40,000 square foot
building, designed by Plesner
Architects of Tel Aviv, will house classrooms, studios,
offices, auditoriums and research facilities, addressing BGU’s academic
needs to further develop the area of social leadership.
About the programs
Social leadership requires the integration of advanced
management knowledge, leadership skills and a deep commitment to social
improvement. The objective of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel MBA
Program in Social Leadership is to train and develop top leaders for the
nonprofit and public sectors in Israel. The MBA Program in Social
Leadership is unique – it is the only master’s degree program of its kind
in any Israeli university. The curriculum includes standard MBA courses in
management and courses that focus on the special challenges of leadership
in the nonprofit and public sectors.
Established in 1997, the Israel Center for Third-Sector Research
(ICTR) conducts policy-relevant research on Israel’s nonprofit sector. Composed
of an interdisciplinary team, ICTR works in close cooperation with research
centers and associations around the world.
The Mandel Foundation was established by Jack, Joseph and
Morton Mandel in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1953. Its primary mission is to
invest in people with the values, ability and passion to change the world.
The Foundation supports leadership education programs in its own
institutions and at selected universities and organizations. The
Foundation believes that exceptional leaders are the critical factor that
enables organizations to contribute most significantly to society.
The priority areas of activity include leadership of nonprofit
organizations; higher education; Jewish education and continuity; urban
neighborhood renewal; and strengthening the State of Israel.