Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) was established in 1969, realizing the vision of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of Israel lay in the Negev region. The vision came with a mission: to be the catalyst for the development of the Negev.

Today, nearly 50 years later, BGU is a world-renowned institution of research and higher education that transcends the boundaries of academia to create a new model of education and research that impacts people’s lives in the Negev, throughout Israel and around the world.

With campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat, BGU is truly an oasis of innovation, conducting cutting-edge research in cyber and homeland security; robotics; big data and information systems; alternative energy; desert studies; water desalination; Israel studies, culture and Jewish thought; medical and bio technologies; global health and much more.

Founded:  1969

Students: 20,000; 135,000 alumni;  

Ranking: Ranked among the top 50 universities established in the last 50 years (QS Ranking). Ranked as top 500 universities worldwide (Shanghai 2018)