Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Year of foundation: 1969
Approx. number of students: 18,400
Semester: Mid October - Early February, End February - Mid July
MCI partner since: 2020

The City

Beersheba is the largest city in the Negev desert of southern Israel. Often referred to as the "Capital of the Negev", it is the eighth most populous Israeli city with a population of approx. 209,000 inhabitants.
Beersheba is home to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and serves as a center for Israel's high-tech industry with an emphasis on cyber security.
The city is Israel's national chess center, with more chess grandmasters per capita than any other city in the world.

The University

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is a public research university in Beersheba, Israel, consisting of five campuses. It was established in 1969 as the University of the Negev with the aim of promoting the development of the Negev desert that comprises more than sixty percent of Israel.
Ben-Gurion University has five faculties among which Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management.
At also counts eight research institutes including the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, and Heksherim - The Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture.