About Ben-Gurion University

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established in 1969 with the aim to bring development to the Negev, a desert area comprising of more than 60% of the country. The University was inspired by the vision of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of the country lay in this region.


Since its establishment BGU has gained recognition for its unique pioneering spirit that combines outstanding academics and research with a commitment to the community. Ben-Gurion University is a major center for teaching and research, with campuses in Beer-Sheva, as well as in Eilat and Sede Boqer, where Ben-Gurion lived in his final years and is buried.

There are a number of faculties, medical and health sciences programmes and research institutes and centres at BGU, all of which strive to fulfill Dav...
Today just 40 years after its establishment Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is a major centre for teaching and research with over 20,000 students i...
Student numbers at Ben-Gurion University have grown dramatically since its establishment 40 years ago with 500 to over 20,000 currently enrolled there...
Established by government mandate in 1969 as a vehicle for the social, economic and scientific transformation of the Negev, Ben-Gurion University is a world-renowned institute of research and higher learning. BGU is the most dynamic university in Israel today, leading projects in the areas of environmental science and ecology, medicine and global health, engineering, biotechnology, Hebrew literature, desert agriculture, water purification and management, solar energy, and more.