Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Introduction

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has a unique mission that has shaped its character

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) was established in 1969, realizing the vision of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of Israel lay in the Negev region, a desert area comprising more than 60 percent of the country. The vision came with a mission: to be the catalyst for the development of the Negev.

Today, nearly 50 years later, BGU is a world-renowned institution of research and higher education that transcends the boundaries of academia to create a new model of education and research that impacts people’s lives in the Negev, throughout Israel and around the world.

With campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat, BGU is truly an oasis of innovation, conducting cutting-edge research in cyber and homeland security; robotics; big data and information systems; alternative energy; desert studies; water desalination;Israel studies, culture and Jewish thought; medical and bio technologies; global health and much more.

Be different. Be you. BGU.

As Israel’s fastest growing research university, BGU attracts outstanding students from all over Israel and around the world. Offering cutting-edge facilities and a dynamic population of nearly 20,000 students, the University's diverse faculties and 51 departments offer a plethora of options. Students come to BGU for both the exceptional academic opportunities and for the vibrant campus atmosphere.

At BGU, a comprehensive university, multidisciplinary research is more the rule than the exception, with students and researchers in different faculties, departments and research centers working together to find the best solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Researchers and students at BGU are passionate about their work: no wonder they have attained unprecedented accomplishments in advanced fields at the frontier of science and technology.

BGU international

International students from over 40 countries enjoy a full calendar of activities and events, and a variety of clubs and organizations. Living in on-campus housing with Israeli students as roommates, international students get to experience Israeli culture firsthand by forging friendships and building memories. Our location in Beer-Sheva, a multicultural city, is an ideal place for international students to experience the communal diversity of Israel.

Beer-Sheva also serves as a convenient springboard to explore the rest of Israel, with multiple transportation options for reaching all areas of the country.

Any course with at least one international student enrolled will be conducted in English.

Making it Happen: Realizing David Ben-Gurion’s Vision.

BGU is at the heart of what has been called an "Oasis of Innovation", a unique ecosystem where higher education, hi-tech, industry, business, medicine and government come together to develop groundbreaking research and bring new applications to the market.

Beer-Sheva’s Advanced Technologies Park (ATP), adjacent to BGU’s main campus, is an expression of this synergy, home to multinational hi-tech companies, such as Dell-EMC, Oracle, Wix, IBM, and Deutsche Telekom. They leverage the research and development prowess of BGU, alongside startups and accelerators full of BGU students and graduates.

With the planned move of the IDF’s technology units to a campus steps away from the ATP and the BGU campus, the Negev is in the midst of a transformative period.

The desire to make a difference is ingrained in BGU’s DNA

Since its inception, one of the university’s primary missions has been to realize the potential of the Negev region and establish a more equitable society for its diverse residents. Today BGU has succeeded beyond expectations, having built an academic institution that is deeply rooted in the community and recognized internationally for its numerous and varied outreach programs.

BGU students and faculty bridge the gap from academia to social action on a regular basis, contributing their time and energies to the communities around them as part of their education.

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

MA in Israel Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

The Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International Program (WSISIP) provides students with a comprehensive state-of-the-art background in key subjects and research methods in Israel Studies. The knowledge and skills that students acquire, provides a solid foundation for those intending to pursue doctoral degrees in related fields. [+]

Course content Explore Israel’s history, policy, and culture

The Woodman-Scheller Israel Studies International Program (WSISIP) provides students with a comprehensive state-of-the-art background in key subjects and research methods in Israel Studies. The knowledge and skills that students acquire, provides a solid foundation for those intending to pursue doctoral degrees in related fields.

A degree in Israel Studies is of value for candidates seeking to enter administrative, diplomatic, civil society, or teaching positions related to Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world.

Program Extras: Archive workshops and visits to Israel’s major archives Meetings with Israelis: longtime residents, new immigrants, soldiers, kibbutz members, residents of development towns, intellectuals, public figures, journalists, and the next generation of leaders Field trips to places of special historical and sociological interest Thesis or Non-Thesis Options ... [-]

MA in Linguistics

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

The M.A. program in Linguistics offers either a Thesis (research) track or a non-thesis (general) track. Both tracks have three objectives: (1) to expose students to current research topics in the field (2) to engage students in scientific discourse, research methodologies, and critical reasoning; (3) to train students in academic writing and the use of professional literature. The goal of the thesis track, in addition, is for students to conduct original research that contributes to the field. [+]

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The M.A. program in Linguistics offers either a Thesis (research) track or a non-thesis (general) track. Both tracks have three objectives: (1) to expose students to current research topics in the field (2) to engage students in scientific discourse, research methodologies, and critical reasoning; (3) to train students in academic writing and the use of professional literature. The goal of the thesis track, in addition, is for students to conduct original research that contributes to the field.

Both tracks are two-year programs.

1. Thesis track

Students can choose from among the various courses offered. However, all students in this track must take the Methodology course in their first year. In addition, the courses chosen must include at least one course in syntax and at least one course in semantics. All M.A. courses are run as seminars and require a final paper.... [-]


MSc

M.Sc. in Biotechnology Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

The Department offers graduate studies towards both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. The duration of the M.Sc. program is two years (four semesters). The Program is highly research oriented and is conducted in the BTE laboratories under the guidance of our faculty members. [+]

The Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering

As one of the youngest departments established at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering (BTE) offers a vibrant cutting-edge research atmosphere led by 15 faculty members. The Department is strategically situated in the modern Guzik building, between the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology and the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev. The Department is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities funded by numerous prestigious academic grants and supported by a generous donation from the Goldstein-Goren family.... [-]


M.Sc. in Electro-optical Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

The Unit of Electro-Optical and Photonics Engineering (EOPE) was established in 2000 with the vision that the 21st century will depend as much on photonics as the 20th century depended on electronics. [+]

The Electro-Optical and Photonics Engineering Unit

The Unit of Electro-Optical and Photonics Engineering (EOPE) was established in 2000 with the vision that the 21st century will depend as much on photonics as the 20th century depended on electronics. It is dedicated to research and education in electro-optical and photonics engineering and is currently the only department in Israel authorized to grant graduate degrees (MSc and Ph.D.) in electro-optical engineering. The Unit’s multidisciplinary research places it at the vanguard of the optics and photonics community, both nationally and internationally. Cutting-edge research is conducted in the areas of remote sensing; atmospheric optics; fiber-optic biosensors; nano-plasmonics; integrated nano-photonics; super-resolution microscopy; image processing; computer vision; display systems; 3D imaging and display; computational optical sensing and imaging; compressive imaging, biomedical optics; liquid crystal devices for sensing and imaging; hyperspectral imaging; THz and MMW imaging; optical glass/fibers; opto-electronic devices; photovoltaics, and more.... [-]


M.Sc. in Materials Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

The aim of the M.Sc. Program in Materials Engineering is to provide students with expertise and advanced knowledge in their selected field of specialization. [+]

The Department of Materials Engineering

The Department of Materials Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established in 1971. It was the first department in the field in Israel. The Department of Materials Engineering provides a young and vibrant atmosphere for innovative research and is deeply dedicated to exceptional education at all levels.

Our research is led by an outstanding team of faculty members; all are leading researchers in their areas of expertise. The Department provides access to exceptional facilities and state-of-the-art equipment.

Areas of research encompass both practical and theoretical aspects of materials engineering, including metals, ceramicmetal composites, polymers, electronic materials, thermoelectric materials, semiconductor materials and devices, biomaterials, nanomaterials, magnetic materials, and modern methods of materials characterization.... [-]


M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Master of Science (M.Sc.) graduate program in Mechanical Engineering. The aim of the Program is to provide the students with expertise and advanced knowledge in a selected field of specialization. [+]

The Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a thriving multi-disciplinary field with significant impact on industry and society all over the world. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, established 50 years ago, has since then been the home to many scientific breakthroughs and technological achievements. The department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of subjects that encompass both practical and theoretical aspects of Mechanical Engineering.

The Department has a student enrollment of over 800 students pursuing B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.

At present, the Department employs 25 full-time senior faculty members who teach and conduct cutting-edge research in all major areas of Mechanical Engineering, including robotics, control and autonomous systems, solid mechanics, bio-inspired materials and systems, fluid mechanics, micro- and nano-electromechanical systems, heat transfer, system design and monitoring, thermodynamics, energy technologies and particulate materials technology.... [-]


M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

The Unit for Nuclear Engineering (UNE) is the only academic department in Israel offering graduate studies towards M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the field. [+]

The Unit of Nuclear Engineering

The Unit for Nuclear Engineering (UNE) is the only academic department in Israel offering graduate studies towards M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in the field. A wide variety of research subjects are covered at the UNE, including: Nuclear energy engineering, nuclear core physics, neutron transport, nuclear fuel cycle, nonproliferation strategies, applications in radiation for medicine, nuclear instruments for radiotherapy, radiation calculations and Monte Carlo simulations for radiation, aspects of radiation shielding design and calculations, patient protection from radiation, nuclear theory, and particle transport developments. Many UNE graduates serve as high-level managers and hold key positions in leading research institutions and in prestigious medical centers in Israel and around the world.... [-]


Master

Master's Degree in Desert Studies

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

This innovative, multidisciplinary program in Desert Studies is structured to provide an integrated approach, offering students exceptional opportunities to pursue a combination of basic and applied research. Students are exposed to a wide range of disciplines complementary to their track of study. [+]

Course content

This innovative, multidisciplinary program in Desert Studies is structured to provide an integrated approach, offering students exceptional opportunities to pursue a combination of basic and applied research. Students are exposed to a wide range of disciplines complementary to their track of study.

The program offers the following tracks of study:

✔ Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands

✔ Irrigation and Plant Environment

✔ Ecology of Drylands (Relevant to students who have started their MSc studies before October 2016)

✔ Solar Energy and the Environmental Physics

✔ Environmental and Aquatic Microbiology

✔ Environmental Studies... [-]


Master's Degree in Ecology, Conservation and Management

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

A joint program of the Department of Life Sciences and the Albert Katz International School of Desert Studies [+]

Course content

In the face of the biodiversity crisis and the threat to ecological systems and the services they provide, our new program in Ecology, Conservation and Management aim at creating a new generation of scientists, experts, and field workers with a broad knowledge in the field of applicative ecology, conservation biology, and evolutionary ecology.

The program provides the students with a theoretical background in ecology and evolution, with emphasize on biodiversity, community dynamics and organism-level processes combined with methodological knowledge, including statistics, mathematics, model developing and assessment procedures specific to nature conservation and management.... [-]


Master’s Degree in Hydrology and Water Quality

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

Drylands occupy more than one-third of the earth's land surface, including most of the Middle East and Israel. Dwindling water supplies and deteriorating water quality impede the sustainable development of drylands and the well-being of their growing population [+]

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Drylands occupy more than one-third of the earth's land surface, including most of the Middle East and Israel. Dwindling water supplies and deteriorating water quality impede the sustainable development of drylands and the well-being of their growing population. The aim of this program is to introduce students to cutting-edge research and graduate education in water sciences, aimed at improving human life in drylands through technologies and policies for the sustainable use of water resources. Read more about the Master’s Degree in Hydrology and Water Quality

Curriculum Goals To train skilled professionals for the fields of hydrology, water treatment and desalination (including: water production, estimation of surface and underground water and solute movement, chemical and biochemical evaluation of underground water and contaminants, operations research, optimization of water systems and more). To provide students with a strong background in fundamental and applied aspects of physical, chemical and microbiological processes in aquatic environments To offer knowledge in the subjects of flow and transport processes of water, solutes, and solids and separate phases in soil-water, in groundwater and in surface water. To provide knowledge in the subjects of water and wastewater treatment, including biological treatments, physicochemical treatments, and desalination processes. In particular, to intensify and expand the study of membrane technologies related to desalination methods and wastewater treatment processes. To prepare students for PhD studies in water-related programs. To take advantage of the ZIWR's strengths in both engineering and hydrological & microbiological sciences to professionally prepare individuals to succeed in multidisciplinary, team-oriented... [-]

MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years October 2019 Israel Be'er Sheva

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a graduate program for the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The aim of the M.Sc. program is to provide the students with expertise and advanced knowledge in a selected field of specialization within electrical and computer engineering. [+]

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was established in 1971. The department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of subjects that encompass both practical and theoretical aspects of electrical and computer engineering. The department has a student enrollment of over 1000 students pursuing B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees. The ECE department has 35 faculty members, whose teaching and research fields include: Communications, control and robotics, signal and image processing, computer engineering, electromagnetics and wave propagation, electro-optics, instrumentation and non-linear electronics, VLSI and nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, and power electronics.... [-]


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