Georgetown University Student Receives Boren Scholarship to Study Abroad at BGU
August 14, 2018

Maya, a junior at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study abroad at BGU for the Fall 2018 semester. Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Click to learn more about Maya.

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BGU Launches the “Green Trail”
July 12, 2018

It was an exciting day on the Ben-Gurion University Marcus Family Campus, when BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi and Green Council Heads Prof. Yaron Ziv and Sagi Langer inaugurated the G​reen Trail as the next step in the Green Campus initiative. The Green Trail is comprised of 11 stations that highlight the eco-friendly aspects of BGU’s campus. The trail starts at a solar-powered charging station opposite the Zlotowski Student Center.

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BGU Launches $1 Million Venture Fund for Students
June 28, 2018

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) President Prof. Rivka Carmi has announced a $1 million BGU Entrepreneurship Fund (BEF), the first of its type established by an Israeli university. The student-led fund will provide students and recent graduates with micro-grants to jump-start innovative technologies and concepts.

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Students explore entrepreneurial spirit of Israel over spring break
May 1, 2018

For the past few decades, Israel has been a hotbed of innovation and technological exploration. What better place, then, for a group of Penn State students in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI) minor to travel over spring break? The 10 students, along with three faculty members, spent the week visiting a number of Israeli startup companies and government officials while exploring the Israeli culture and historical landmarks.

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Israeli High-Tech Flourishes in the Negev
April 11, 2018

In 2013, the first building in the Ben-Gurion Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) in Beer-Sheva was inhabited, and in early 2015 welcomed a new player, Tech7, into its growing community. Established by a group of young BGU students, graduates and faculty alongside industry figures, Tech7 is an umbrella organization aiming to bring together different startups and entrepreneurs, creating synergy between them and promoting support of local technology initiatives.

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Samsung Opens Cyber Security Center in Beer-Sheva
December 14, 2017

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.’s unit, HARMAN International, is opening a cyber security Smart Mobility Analysis and Research Test (SMART) Range in Beer-Sheva in collaboration with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, CYMOTIVE Technologies, Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories at BGU, and Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP). SMART will support a living lab encompassing all aspects of future mobility systems, including public transportation, private vehicles and personal mobility devices.

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Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin Visits BGU on First Day of Classes
October 25, 2017

Inspired by Rivlin’s Israeli Hope initiative, BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi reveals: A special admittance track for Arab students that does not rely on the psychometric exam launched; Active recruitment from the Arab and haredi sectors for administrative positions successful; “Israeli Hope Prize for Promoting Cooperation in Israeli Society” created

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Racing to the Future
October 9, 2017

Now in its seventh year, BGU engineering students are building their own race car and competing internationally — a huge accomplishment for a country that doesn’t have an auto industry to back them.

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Good News for Eilat’s Natural Coral Reefs – Artificial Reefs Proving Increasingly Attractive
August 31, 2017

The Gulf of Eilat on the southern tip of Israel has some amazing natural coral reefs, which have been threatened by natural and man-made factors. In order to preserve them, artificial reefs have been created and ships deliberately sunk to provide interesting dive spots. Now, a new study from BGU has shown that the artificial reefs and shipwrecks are becoming popular with divers, thereby reducing the pressure on and potential damage to the natural coral reefs. 

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BGU Plays Key Role in Israel’s First Environmental Satellite
August 17, 2017

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is playing a key role in the research component of VENµS, Israel’s first environmental research satellite. Venμs is a joint project of the Israel Space Agency (ISA) in the Science Ministry and its French counterpart, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES).

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BGU to Develop Israel’s First Dark Matter Detector
August 2, 2017

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will construct and operate an advanced dark matter detector. The initiative is partly funded by a joint grant from the American National Science Foundation and the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation.

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BGU’s Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management Ranked 42 in Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
July 13, 2017

The Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was ranked 42nd in the world in the subject of Hospitality and Tourism Management on The Academic Ranking of World Universities’ (ARWU) (Shanghai Ranking) Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for 2017. It is the only Israeli faculty to make it into the ranking for hospitality and tourism management.

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Advances in Autism Research From the Israeli Desert
June 8, 2017

Autism researchers Ilan Dinstein, Ph.D., of BGU’s Department of Psychology and Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience; Gal Meiri, M.D., head of the Preschool Psychiatric Unit at Soroka University Medical Center; and Idan Menashe, Ph.D., of BGU’s Department of Public Health and Zlotowski Center, were recently in the Bay Area to speak at two forums on advances in autism research coming out of Israel.

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Ben-Gurion University spurs development of Israel’s Negev
May 24, 2017

Israel is well-known and admired worldwide as a center for high technology and the creation of new companies in numbers far beyond what would be expected of a small nation. And Israel’s Ben-Gurion University (BGU) is a leading catalyst for this economic progress in the Be’er Sheva desert region.

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The Water Research Tide Continues to Rise
May 8, 2017

Water research is expanding at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering as the institute’s successful partnership with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Argonne National Laboratory grows.

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Ben-Gurion University Announces its 1,000th Patent
April 4, 2017

The patents granted to University faculty members and students encompass the majority of the University’s scientific areas including engineering, computer science, biomedicine, pharmaceuticals, health sciences, materials, water and renewable energy. The pace of innovation has been increasing steadily: last year BGU filed three times more patent requests than a decade ago.

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Journal of School Psychology Names Dr. Rony Berger’s Article Best of 2016
March 23, 2017

The Journal of School Psychology has named Dr. Rony Berger’s article its Best of 2016. The article is entitled Reducing prejudice and promoting positive intergroup attitudes among elementary-school children in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Berger is a member of the Department of Emergency Medicine at BGU’s Faculty of Heath Sciences and is one of the instructors on the Overseas Student Program (OSP).

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First Israeli Academic Research Nanosatellite Launched
February 23, 2017

A new nanosatellite, the first for Israeli academia, has been launched into space to conduct scientific missions for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. It was developed by BGU students and researchers from a wide range of fields such as software and electrical engineering, planetary science, industrial engineering and management, and more.

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Reflecting on Study Abroad in the Negev
February 15, 2017

Manuela Rosero, University of Washington Seattle Class of 2016, shared her experience of five months studying abroad in Israel at UW study abroad partner Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva. Manuela graduated with a Biology major and Jewish Studies minor and intends to attend medical school.

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New App Exposes Forgeries
February 6, 2017

A research team from BGU and Tel Aviv University have discovered a way to verify handwritten signatures with data from motion sensors in smartwatches and fitness trackers. They’ve created an app that uses these sensors and can determine signature authenticity with 95 percent accuracy.

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IDF “City” is the Negev’s Latest Game-Changer
January 24, 2017

A not-so-quiet demographic and geographic revolution is taking place in Israel. After years of planning, concrete efforts are underway to shift populations — particularly educated and younger sectors of Israeli society — away from the overcrowded center of the country. Destination: Beer-Sheva and the Negev.

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What Israel Can Teach the U.S. About Water
January 16, 2017

Israel reclaims almost 90 percent of its water (compared to one percent in the U.S.); it is a pioneer in desalinating sea or brackish water (more than half of Israel’s drinking water comes from the Mediterranean Sea); it has pioneered highly innovative agricultural techniques like drip irrigation and smart soil; and it has a growing ecosystem of technology companies tinkering with world-class solutions to solve water challenges of water utilities, companies and farmers.

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BGU Launches the Center for Israel Studies
December 13, 2016

The Center for Israel Studies (CIS) was recently launched at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism in Sede Boqer. Blending history, high academic work and policy recommendations on the most pressing questions of the Jewish people, the Center will consist of five laboratories that will be launched in the coming years. Two of them — the Hebrew Culture Laboratory and the Israel and World Jewry Laboratory — are already in operation.

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PlastiCure Tackles Global Plastic Problem
November 21, 2016

More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, creating one of the planet’s gravest environmental threats. However, a student research team from Ben-Gurion University believes it has found the solution to this problem in the form of plastic-eating bacteria.

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Amid Downturn in University Enrollment Countrywide, Five Percent Rise in Registrants for Undergraduate Degree Programs at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
November 1, 2016

With the opening of the new academic year on Sunday, a rise has been recorded in the number of students who are expected to begin undergraduate degree programs at BGU. 9,500 students have registered for undergraduate degree programs and about 2,500 have registered for Master’s degrees. The most popular programs are medicine, computer science and psychology.

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After Fleeing the Nazis, a Legacy That Won’t Run Dry
September 2, 2016

How does one overcome almost unimaginable horror and trauma? For Holocaust survivors Howard and Lottie Marcus, the healing came, in part, from the hope that they could help to provide refuge for other Jews who might find themselves at risk.

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How Israel is turning part of the Negev Desert into a cyber-city
June 7, 2016

In the middle of the Negev Desert, a cyber-city is rising to cement Israel’s place as a major digital power. The new development, an outcropping of glass and steel, will concentrate some of the country’s top talent from the military, academia and business in an area of just a few square miles.

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Inno-Negev, BGU’s Technology Accelerator, Produces 11 New Start-ups in its First Cycle
April 20, 2016

Inno-Negev, BGU’s technology accelerator, has successfully concluded its first cycle. Eleven new start-ups were unveiled at the concluding event held at WeWork in the Advanced Technologies Park in Beer-Sheva late last week. The accelerator has demonstrated its importance in promoting cutting-edge innovation and the strength of Beer-Sheva’s entrepreneurial community.

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New Summer Program in Innovation & Leadership
February 17, 2016

The OSP at BGU is happy to announce a brand new summer program beginning in 2016 in Innovation & Leadership. This four-week English-taught program gives students hands-on entrepreneurial experience right in the heart of the “Start-Up Nation,” known for success in high-tech entrepreneurship.

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BGU Dedicates Center for Women Bedouin Students
January 26, 2016

The BGU administration and Josh Armow, representing his father, Robert Arnow, benefactor of the Robert H. Arnow Center for Bedouin Studies and Development, dedicated a special student center serving Bedouin women students this week. It is the first of its kind, a social center and “warm home away from home” for Bedouin women students who study at the University.

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A New Silicon Valley In The Middle East
January 4, 2016

The energetic mayor of Beersheba is hoping that, in the near future, he won’t be the only Israeli who associates the “Capital of the Negev” with words that today more often bring to mind Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. He believes the city is set to become world-renowned as a center of innovation and technology.

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BGU Moves Up the QS World University Rankings
September 28, 2015

Ben-Gurion University took yet another exponential climb in the QS World University Rankings, moving up 33 places from last year to take the 259th spot. This is no small feat considering BGU’s youth and the fact that over 3,000 universities were considered for inclusion.

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Daughters For Life Award Bestowed on Four BGU Students
July 27, 2015

The Daughters For Life Foundation is a Canadian philanthropic organization that provides awards and scholarships to young women in their final year of studies at universities in the Middle East. The Daughters for Life Award granted by the foundation recognizes female students who have overcome hardship and made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the lives of girls and young women.

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Negev Stories: Cyber Solutions
March 2, 2015

“Negev Stories” was featured at yesterday’s opening plenary session of the 2015 AIPAC Conference. It highlights the role of BGU and the Negev region is the field of cybersecurity.

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Wadi Attir Project Launched
February 13, 2015

Wadi Attir, a unique sustainable agriculture project which fuses traditional Bedouin agricultural and husbandry practices with modern renewable energy technology and farming techniques was officially inaugurated.

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ASU president to speak at JNF breakfast
February 9, 2015

Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, will be the keynote speaker at the Jewish National Fund’s Breakfast for Israel. He will speak about “The Power of Investing in Israel.” In his role at ASU, he recently developed a partnership with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for ASU students to study abroad.

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The Negev Is Now
June 2, 2014

The Jerusalem Post — BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi reflects on how David Ben-Gurion’s dream of developing the Negev is now being realized and recognized by business leaders and politicians from around Israel and the world.

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BGU Researcher Talks Possible Diabetes Cure
April 24, 2014

Washington Jewish Week — Recent findings from two rounds of clinical trials, based on research by BGU’s Dr. Eli Lewis, show that several patients injected with an FDA-approved drug, have been able to reduce or eliminate their insulin use.

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BGU Launches Chinese Website
April 9, 2014

Highlighting BGU’s international graduate programs, this new website aims to attract the best and brightest Chinese students to the Negev. 

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A New Gold Standard for Flexible Electronics
April 7, 2014

Haaretz — BGU’s Prof. Raz Jelinek has developed a simple nanotechnology-based process that uses gold to create inexpensive, eco-friendly electronics that can be rolled up and put in your pocket.

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More Good News on the Diabetes Front

The Jewish Sound — BGU’s Dr. Eli Lewis recently conducted clinical trials with an established drug on diabetics, resulting in most patients being able to dramatically reduce their insulin use.

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An Ecosystem of Tech Innovation in Southern Israel
March 25, 2014

Tech Republic — Beer-Sheva’s Advanced Technologies Park is projected to spur high-tech job growth in the region, as multinational companies and the IDF’s elite technology units move in across from BGU’s Marcus Family Campus.

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What Is Life?
March 24, 2014

The Huffington Post — Prof. Addy Pross discusses how a new area of chemical research is attempting to answer this eternal question by replicating molecules and the networks they establish.

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Ben-Gurion University Makes Innovation Happen
March 17, 2014

The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle — On a recent trip to BGU, reporter Mayaan Jaffe shares her inspiring observations of how BGU is the center of Negev development and a catalyst of innovation for the whole country.

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The Many Robots of BGU
March 14, 2014

Jewish Business News — BGU’s two robotics labs, run by Prof. Hugo Guterman and Dr. Amir Shapiro, are developing a wide range of robots with sophisticated military, automotive, agricultural, and medical applications.

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On a Quest for Clean Water
March 4, 2014

JUF News — Prof. Eilon Adar, of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, discusses how BGU, the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory are working together to improve water quality.

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BGU Researcher May Have a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes
February 28, 2014

Sun Sentinel — Through clinical trials, BGU’s Dr. Eli Lewis found that Alpha 1 Antitrypsin (AAT), an anti-inflammatory drug typically used to treat emphysema, may have the ability to cure type 1 diabetes in some patients.

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Beer-Sheva’s Big Tech Break
February 24, 2014

The New York Jewish Week — David Ben-Gurion’s vision of a thriving Negev is materializing with the new Advanced Technologies Park, where industry, academia and the military are joining forces to create an innovative cyber security center.

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Mandel Foundation Awards $13 Million to BGU
February 19, 2014

The gift will allow BGU to construct the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Institute for Social Leadership building and establish the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors Program in Social Leadership.

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From Start-Up Nation to Cyber Nation
January 31, 2014

The Christian Science Monitor — With Israel’s military prowess in cyber security, government investment, and collaboration between business and academia, Israel is poised to tackle one of the 21st century’s greatest challenges. And it’s happening in Beer-Sheva.

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Nano in the Negev
January 17, 2014

TechRepublic — Ben-Gurion University’s Prof. Yuval Golan talks about how nanotechnology is advancing medicine, materials science, energy, and more.

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Israel’s Remarkable Reforestation
January 15, 2014

J Weekly — BGU Prof. Alon Tal’s new book describes the political, national and environmental implications of the greening of Israel from 1918 to present day.

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