AABGU and associates from around the world are raising $500 million to celebrate Ben-Gurion University’s 50th anniversary in 2020. Help shape BGU’s future for the next 50 years.

It all started in the desert with a dream.

But over the course of the past 50 years, BGU has turned into a powerhouse of technology and innovation.

Students relax and recharge at solar-powered cellphone stations.

Robotic llamas haul equipment for soldiers in war zones.

Researchers are developing cures for devastating brain diseases.

New water technologies are solving the world’s water-scarcity problems.


Students by 1975

From BGU's founding to present day, the number of students has grown exponentially.

The future is here.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is the epicenter of a talent and technology boom that is transforming Beer-Sheva.

Israel Defense Forces Move to the Negev

The "Move South" initiative includes five main components:


Nevatim Air Force Base


Training Base City


Data Center


Technological Campus


Intelligence Campus

Fulfilling the Dream

David Ben Gurion's dream is being actualized before our eyes. And BGU is the engine behind it all.

Your tax-deductible contribution to AABGU will make it possible for BGU to establish a new campus, construct new buildings, create new research centers, develop new technologies, and support vital programs.

For details about giving and naming opportunities, contact the regional director in your area. You can also support BGU’s future through an estate gift, such as a bequest, charitable gift annuity, gift of real estate, or other planned giving opportunity.

Advanced Technologies Park

More than 10 years in the making, inspired by BGU visionaries and realized only because of the University’s expertise in high-tech, the Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) opened its first building in 2013.

Adjacent to the Marcus Family Campus and connected via a pedestrian bridge, the ATP is a public-private partnership of BGU, the Beer-Sheva municipality and Gav-Yam Negev. Tenants include EMC², Oracle, Deutsche Telekom, Elbit, Jerusalem Venture Partner’s CyberLabs, Hewlett Packard, Allscripts, WeWork, Israel’s National Cyber Bureau, as well as BGN Technologies, BGU’s technology transfer company, and others.

When completed, the ATP will encompass 16 buildings on 23 acres, with two million square feet of office and lab space. It will bring 11,000 high-tech jobs to the Negev, allowing BGU graduates to remain in Beer-Sheva and surrounding communities.

Israel’s Cyber Security Capital

BGU researchers are playing a key role in protecting the virtual borders of Israel and its allies. At the heart of Israel’s cyber security ecosystem in Beer-Sheva is the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories at BGU – an over decade-strong collaboration – and the University’s Cyber Security Research Center and Homeland Security Institute.

In 2014, the CyberSpark initiative was launched: an ecosystem that includes the University, the cyber industry in the Advanced Technologies Park (ATP), and the Israeli government and military. The Israel National Cyber Bureau also opened an office in the ATP.

Sharing Water Expertise With the World

Scientists at BGU’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research are developing desalination and water reuse technologies to ensure the availability of high quality water for Israel, its neighbors and drought-stricken regions throughout the world. They are working with China, India and across Africa, implementing and improving water systems. They’re even working with California and other dry states’ officials to solve local water scarcity and management issues.

Eliminating Disease

Researchers at BGU’s National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev (NIBN) and Center for Regenerative Medicine, Cellular Therapy and Stem Cell Research are working on treatments and potential cures for various forms of cancer, genetic diseases, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, injuries, and more.

For example, a team of scientists created an algae-based patch that mends damaged tissue. Another group is helping reverse the effects of osteoarthritis and bone injury through cartilage regeneration. One research team is attempting to regenerate heart cells from cells taken from the hand, while another is working on the development of nano-drug carriers that target cancer cells, eliminating side effects and improving recovery chances.

BGU diabetes experts are zeroing in on a cure based on alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT), a protein that reduces inflammation. An infusion of AAT in recently diagnosed type 1 diabetes patients could ultimately eliminate the need for insulin injections.

Developing Alternative Energies

With the goal of reducing the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, researchers at BGU are developing a wide range of alternative energy solutions.

Innovations include converting carbon dioxide and hydrogen into a green fuel that could power diesel-powered vehicles and jets; a breakthrough in solar energy storage that could power a country even at night; clean and efficient thermoelectric power generation; and the production of biofuels from microalgae, liquid fuels from a variety of feedstocks, and fuel for cars made from recycled tires.

Building the North Campus

Picture the impact BGU has already had on the lives of its some 20,000 current students, 130,000 alumni, the citizens of Beer-Sheva, and the people across the globe who benefit every day from the groundbreaking research and discoveries emanating from its halls. Now double it.

The building of the University’s 57-acre North Campus will double BGU’s footprint in Beer-Sheva. It will allow for the unprecedented growth in students expected over the next 10 years as Beer-Sheva becomes a thriving metropolis of talent and technology, with BGU at the epicenter of this transformation.

This campus will feature new dormitories that could house the student who will perfect cancer-cell-targeting nanotechnology, laboratories where a researcher might develop a cure for Alzheimer’s, and a world-class conference center where countless young minds will experience “aha” moments.


Ensuring Homeland and Cyber Security

The Homeland Security Institute at BGU is a multidisciplinary group of scientists working together to keep Israel safe. They are experts in robotics, cyber security, remote sensing, nanotechnology, disaster response, and structural engineering. They are developing:

BGU’s Cyber Security Research Initiative, fueled by the Israeli government along with donor matched funds, serves as the foundation for Israel’s new national center for the protection of cyber space.

Plus, BGU’s disaster response team is conducting emergency management research and regional drills to minimize the impact on citizens in the event of a tragedy.


Forging a Robotic and High-Tech Frontier

From designing robots that assist surgeons, to converting garbage into fuel, if we can think it, scientists at BGU are doing it.


Pioneering Medical Advancements

From developing a cancer therapy that only targets harmful cells to creating a world where diabetes is as unthreatening as polio or smallpox is today, BGU medical researchers are making the seemingly impossible possible.


Providing Water to a Thirsty World

All of humanity has one crucial need in common: clean, drinkable water. Unfortunately, safe and easy access does not exist for far too many people. Enter BGU’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research.

One of three institutes comprising the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, the Zuckerberg Institute develops new technologies and consults on water scarcity in places like China, India, Mongolia, Kenya, Uganda, Chile, Ethiopia, Zambia, and even in the United States, sharing groundbreaking Israeli irrigation and water desalination methods.

The French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands and the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental Research complete the Blaustein Institutes. Together, they are working to increase the value of drylands to humanity and reduce the damage to the global environment caused by desertification and over-development.


Strengthening Israel Studies and Culture

BGU’s Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism and its Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International Program attract students and researchers from around the world to learn about the establishment and development of the Jewish State from historical and contemporary perspectives. These students become emissaries for Israel when they return to their home countries.

The Ben-Gurion Archives contain more than three million items that reflect incomparable insight into the modern history of the Jewish people. Documents include David Ben-Gurion’s speeches, articles and personal diaries, as well as other important collections from the Israel State Archives, Jabotinsky Archives, Labor Archives, and more.

The University’s Department of Hebrew Literature has been a teaching home to some of Israel’s most influential authors, including Amos Oz and, presently, contemporary satirist Etgar Keret.

Heksherim: The Research Institute for the Study of Jewish and Israeli Literature and Cuture is the largest and most active institute for the study of Hebrew literature in the world.

BGU’s Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought is one of the leading centers in the world for researching and teaching the evolution of Jewish intellectual thinking.


Training the Next Generation of Business Leaders

BGU’s Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management is constantly discovering new ways to create more effective business leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, and thinkers.