General information
Finance type Nonprofit
Organization type Public
Abbreviation BGU
Teachers 988
Students 18,230
Foreigners 18%
Religion None
Academic calendar Semesters
AdmissionBased on grades and examinations
Gender limitation No limits
Campus type Urban
Housing Available
Financial aid Available
Exchange programs Available
Library Available
Israel's capacity for science and research will be tested in the Negev...
• Ministry of Education, Israel
World ranking318
Country ranking4
Quality of teaching323
International Faculty148
International Students226
Citations per Faculty168
Ranking in world by sphere
Engineering and Technology377
Life Sciences and Medicine360
Natural Science358
Ranking in world by discipline
Computer Science101
Cost of living in Beersheba, USD/month
Accommodation 194 215
Food 188 395
Transportation 41 132
Communications and utilities 70 102
Clothing 33 123
Sports and leisure 33 166
Accommodation in Beersheba, USD/month
Shared room outside of centre196
Shared room in city centre218
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre356
1 bedroom apartment in city centre383
International rankings
UniPage World University Ranking318
QS World University Rankings259
ARWU Academic Ranking401
Webometrics Ranking520
Alternative title
Russian Университет имени Бен-Гуриона
Spanish Universidad Ben-Gurion del Néguev
Chinese 内盖夫本·古里安大学
Arabic جامعة بن غوريون في النقب
French Université Ben Gourion du Néguev
German Ben-Gurion-Universität des Negev
Japanese ネゲブのベングリオン大学
Korean 벤 구리온 네게브대학
Portuguese universidade de Ben-Gurion do Negev
Location on map - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev or אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב (BGU) - public higher education institution in Israel.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Description

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with its main campus in Beer Sheva, Israel, was created in 1969 and named after David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister. From its inception, BGU has been dedicated to community improvement and education, as well as fulfilling Ben-Gurion’s charismatic vision of making the desert bloom with agriculture, science, technology, and primarily with innovation. Today, some 40 years later, BGU has more than 20,000 students spread over 3 campuses in Beer Sheva, 1 in Sde Boqer, and 1 in Eilat. It has Faculties in Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Health Sciences, and Business and Management; Schools of International Health, and Desert Studies. This year, BGU is granting over 5,400 degrees, including Ph.D., M.D., M.B.A., M.H.A., M.Sc., M.Med.Sc., M.N., M.P.T., M.A., B.Sc., B.A., B.S.W., B.Med.Sc., B.N., B.P.T., B.Med.Lab.Sc., and one of the few places in the world granting a B.EMS, Bachelor’s in Emergency Medicine Services. The student body – as well as the faculty body – is diverse, hailing from all parts of Israel and including all ethnicities, merging together Jews, Christians, and Moslems, native Jewish, Bedouin, and Arab Israelis, immigrants from Western World countries, Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union, and other countries. The programs...

Description of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The establishment of the “Institute for Higher Education in the Negev” was initiated by the residents of Beer-Sheva and the Negev during the early 1960s. Teachers from other academic institutions in Israel provided higher education in Beer-Sheva. Continuous efforts to convince the government to establish a full-fledged university in the Negev, in southern Israel, were fruitful, and on November, 9, 1969, Yigal Alon, the Minister of Education and acting Prime Minister, announced that the Government had decided to build and support the “University of the Negev.” In November 1970, the first meeting of the Board of Governors took place, and the “Institute for Higher Education in the Negev” became the “University of the Negev.”
The University was formally accredited by the Council for Higher Education (CHE) in 1973 and after the death of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first and legendary prime minister, it was officially named “Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.”
The University started to take shape on the Beit HIAS (a former hostel) campus in Beer-Sheva during the early 1970s. It gradually came to include faculties of Natural Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, a Medical School, Institutes for Applied Research, an Institute for Desert Research, and the Ben-Gurion of the Negev Heritage Institute.
During the second half of the 1970s, the CHE authorized the University to grant Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Medical Doctor (MD) degrees. The Leon and
Matilda Recanati School of Community Health Professions was also founded during this period.
During the 1980s, growth continued, new departments and study programs were opened, and the number of applications increased. In the early 1990s, academic cooperation agreements with many institutions throughout the world were signed, students from abroad were admitted to the University, and the number of students surpassed 10,000.
The past ten years have been marked by a rapid increase in the number of students, from about 11,000 in 1995/6 to over 19,500 by 2011/2012. The Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies, which administers all PhD studies, was established in 1997, and generous fellowships began to be offered to outstanding PhD candidates and post-doctoral fellows. During that period, new departments and study programs were added, among them the School of Management (which has recently become The Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management), the Department of Middle East Studies, and the Department of Politics and Government.
The University has five campuses: (a) three in Beer-Sheva: the Marcus Family Campus (the main campus), the David Tuviyahu Campus (formerly Beit HIAS) and the David Bergmann Campus, (b) one in Sede Boqer (south of Beer-Sheva), which includes: the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, the Albert Katz International School for Desert Research, and the Ben-Gurion of the Negev Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, and (c) the University’s newest campus in Eilat, established in 2003. The Eilat Campus offers BA and BSc and MA & MSc degrees in several fields. Approximately 800 students are currently studying there.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev includes: the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Business and Management, and the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research.

Programs - Bachelor

Bachelor Astrophysics and Cosmology
Bachelor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bachelor Bioinformatics
Bachelor Biological Chemistry
Bachelor Biomedical Engineering
Bachelor Biophysics
Bachelor Biotechnology
Bachelor Biotechnology Engineering
Bachelor Business Management
Bachelor Cell and Animal Physiology
Bachelor Chemical Engineering
Bachelor Chemistry
Bachelor Communication
Bachelor Communication Systems Engineering
Bachelor Communications Theory
Bachelor Computation In Chemical Engineering
Bachelor Computational Geometry, Graphics, and Vision
Bachelor Computer Engineering
Bachelor Condensed Matter Theory (Cmt)
Bachelor Control Theory
Bachelor Design and Analysis of Reactors
Bachelor Distributed Computing
Bachelor Double Degree Programs with Computer Sciences and Life Sciences
Bachelor Dynamic Geology
Bachelor Ecology
Bachelor Economic and Social Policy
Bachelor Electrical and Computer Engineering
Bachelor Electromagnetic Radiation (Electromagnetism)
Bachelor Engineering Geology
Bachelor Entrepreneurship and Hi-Tech Management
Bachelor Environmental Chemistry
Bachelor Environmental Science and Hydrogeology
Bachelor Experimental Condensed Matter (Cme)
Bachelor Finance
Bachelor Fundamentals of Momentum
Bachelor Genetics
Bachelor Geology and Computer Science
Bachelor Geology/Life Sciences
Bachelor Health Systems Management
Bachelor Heat and Mass Transfer
Bachelor High Energy Physics (Hep)
Bachelor Hotel and Tourism Management
Bachelor Industrial Engineering
Bachelor Information System Engineering
Bachelor Intelligent Systems
Bachelor Lasers and Atomic Spectroscopy
Bachelor Marine Biology and Biotechnology
Bachelor Marketing
Bachelor Mass and Heat Balance
Bachelor Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology
Bachelor Materials Engineering
Bachelor Mathematics
Bachelor Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor Microbiology
Bachelor Microelectronics, Nanotechnology, and Vlsi
Bachelor Multidisciplinary Program
Bachelor Neurobiology
Bachelor Non-Linear Dynamics (Nld)
Bachelor Norganic Chemistry
Bachelor Nuclear Engineering
Bachelor Optics and Electro-Optics
Bachelor Organic Chemistry
Bachelor Organizational Behavior
Bachelor Physical Chemistry
Bachelor Physics
Bachelor Plant Sciences
Bachelor Policy and Management In Local Government
Bachelor Power Systems
Bachelor Process Control; and Biochemical
Bachelor Process Design and Engineering Project
Bachelor Process Dynamics and Control
Bachelor Processes and Advanced Materials
Bachelor Public Policy and Administration
Bachelor Separation Processes In Chemical Engineering
Bachelor Signal Processing
Bachelor Software Engineering
Bachelor Strategy and International Managemen T
Bachelor Structural Biology/Bioinformatics
Bachelor Structural Engineering
Bachelor Systems and Programming Languages
Bachelor Theoretical Chemistry
Bachelor Theory
Bachelor Thermodynamics
Bachelor Tourism and Hotel Management
Bachelor Unit Operations In Chemical Engineering

Programs - Master

Master Applied Mineralogy and Analytic Geochemistry
Master Bio-Physics of The Cell; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Master Biomedical Engineering
Master Biotechnology and Bio-Medical Engineering
Master Biotechnology Engineering
Master Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
Master Chemical Engineering
Master Communication Systems Engineering
Master Computer Science
Master Crystallization
Master Electrical and Computer Engineering
Master Electro-Optical Engineering
Master Energy Engineering
Master Energy Storage and Fuel Cells
Master Engineering Sciences
Master Environmental Engineering
Master Health Sciences
Master Heat and Mass Transfer
Master Humanities and Social Sciences
Master Industrial Engineering
Master Information System Engineering
Master Information Systems
Master Kinetics of Rock-Water Interactions
Master Management and Safety Engineering
Master Materials Engineering
Master Maturation of Thermal History of Tectonic Regime
Master Mechanical Engineering
Master Mechanical Properties of Rocks
Master Membranes
Master Mesoscale Macromolecular Engineering Interfaces In Soft and Condensed Matter
Master Metamorphic Rocks and Processes
Master Micropaleontology, Stratigraphy, and Paleoecology of Mesozoic and Cenozoic Carbonate Rocks
Master Natural Sciences
Master Nuclear Engineering
Master Numerical Methods and Process Simulation
Master Pollution Prevention and Waste Treatment
Master Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering
Master Pyroelectricity
Master School of Management
Master Separation Technology
Master Structural Geology
Master Supercritical Fluid Extraction and Drying
Master Tectonics of The Alpine and Arabian-Nubian Orogenic Terrains
Master Thermodynamics of Multi-Component Systems
Master Using Hydrogeology
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