Ben Gurion university of the Negev

the Ben Gurion university of the Negev (BGU) (Hebrew: אוניברסיטתבן - גוריוןבנגב, English: Ben Gurion University OF the Negev) is an academic institution in the southern Israel, whose main location is in Beerscheba.

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the establishment of the Ben Gurion university

of the Negev, connected with the university, was based on the vision first Prime Ministers Israels David of the Ben Gurion, the largest land reserve of Israel, the Negevwüste, to settle and begrünen. Closely connected with this vision making higher education possible stood in the Negev by means of a university, which should be at the same time also pivot for the economic development of the desert, in which large natural resources was assumed.

The first steps for the establishment of a university were made 1962, as to which mayors at that time Beerschebas, David Tuviahu and professor Ernst David miner suggested the establishment of a higher education place. In this year academic lectures began, accomplished from lecturers of the Weizmann Institut in sciences and the technical ion. Starting from 1963 the institution Negev Institut for higher education was called.

1969 were explained by a government resolution Institut as the university and called Negev university. After the death of David Ben Gurion (1973) developed the today's name Ben Gurion university of the Negev.

The university stood, like no different one in Israel, before large difficulties, particularly because of the relative separatingness of the national center. Nevertheless the university experienced a constant development, and their popularity among the Israeli students was large. The university experienced the largest development thrust at the beginning of the 1990er years, which persists until today. At the beginning of the 1990er years the number of the written students amounted to approx. 6000. 2005 amounted to the student number already 17500.

The university could achieve itself within a relatively short period the call of an internationally protruding research place. The university is the most popular at the same time with the Israeli students (in accordance with inquiries and in accordance with the relationship of applicants/taking up) and is admits for the best student life in Israel.

The Ben Gurion university of the Negev has itself likewise a call made within the range of the social responsibility and promotes actively the free will gene work among the students. Over a third of the students are involved in such projects, which are to manufacture a bridge between the academic ivory tower and the social problems of disadvantaged social classes. Further the university plays a paramount role in strengthening the beduinischen population of the northern Negev, which is in the transition from Halbnomadentum to the permanence.

academic units

  • medical faculty
  • scientific faculty
  • spirit and sociological faculty
  • engineer-scientific faculty
  • management school
  • national Institut for biotechnology
  • blue stone Institut for desert research
  • Institut for applied sciences
  • Ben Gurion Forschungsinstitut
  • center for international student exchange

of locations

the Ben Gurion university of the Negev is distributed over six locations:

In Beerscheba:

  • Hauptcampus, designated after the family Markus (the Markus Family Campus)
  • the medical faculty in the Soroka hospital (directly been because of the Hauptcampus)
  • miner campus for applied sciences
  • Tuviahu campuses in the city centre. This is the old Campus and accommodates a teacher seminar.

Outside of Beerschebas:

  • Blue stone Institut for desert research, who is also the national solar research center and the Ben Gurion Forschungsintitut accommodated and location of the grave of David Ben Gurion; in the Ben Gurion academy (Midreschet Ben Gurion), two kilometers south of the Kibbutz Sede Boker.
  • Eilat Campus: 2003 a created branch of the university, which makes academic studies possible in Eilat at the Red Sea.

In addition the Achva college with Kirjat Malachi and the Sapir Academic college stand with Sderot under partial academic supervision of the university.

the Ben Gurion university

several special study programs offers international study programs beside the regular study programs, which address themselves to an international student public:

  • a English-language master program in Middle East studies (master OF kind in Middle East Studies; MAPMES)
  • a English-language medicine course of studies in co-operation with the US-American Columbia University with Spezialisation in international health questions (medicine in the third world, etc.)
  • special courses of studies in the international center for desert studies
  • the center for international student programs (Centre for internationally student Programs; CISP) offers in or zweisemestrige courses of studies, which specialize in the Hebrew study and Israel /judentum /nahostbezogene academic lectures and excursion ions. In addition an international summer university of the center is accomplished (English-language).

center for international student exchange

the center for international student exchange (ZIS, the name is on German) is organized a subunit of the center for international student programs (CISP) and since 1998 a German-language summer university. This six weeks continuing program contain an intensive Hebrew course in all stages (hebr. Ulpan), academic lectures on German and German-language led academic excursion ions.

The German-language summer university is the only academic program in Israel, which is particularly cut for the German-language public.

general one data

  • of the Hauptcampus of the university is the only one in Israel with a direct railway connection. 2005 were built a new station on the railroad line after Tel Aviv by Israel Railways, which is connected by an architecturally important bridge with the university.
  • The buildings of the university were sketched to the climatic conditions of the desert by renowned architects and are particularly adapted.


with the University of connected famous personalities

  • Amos Oz, (professor, writer)
  • Aharon Appelfeld, (professor, writer)
  • Carsten Peter Thiede, (professor, historian)
  • Mordechai Vanunu, (nuclear technician)
  • Silwan Schalom, (minister of foreign affairs)
  • Alice Shalvi, (Professorin, Anglizistin)
  • Eli Amir, (lecturer, writer)
  • Avishay Braverman, (university University of, politician)
  • Riwka Carmi, (first Universitätsrektorin Israel (2006), medical research)
  • Benny Morris, (historian)
  • Samuel dutchman, (restaurant economics)
  • Shlomi Dolev, (professor, computer scientist)
  • Danny ruby stone, (lecturer, journalist)

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