Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) is a Winner of the 2016 Global Sustainable Development Award and Accredited as a Global 500 Sustainable Development Agencies of the year 2016 in appreciation of its contribution towards social-economic development of the world and its contribution towards attainment of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Recognised for its commitment to promote and uphold International best practices and standards such as respect for rights of workers, quality products and services,payment of taxes,Regulatory compliance,environmental protection,Supporting productive corporate social responsibility,eliminating corruption,employment and remuneration of employees,etc.Awarded and Accredited by Public Opinions International (East Africa).
The Global Sustainable Development Award is not just for big agencies,corporations or NGOs, Its is for any agency from public and private sector in any part of the world which has made tremendous contributions towards community development as well as attainment of Sustainable Development and Peace.This Award is also for agencies which are committed towards attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is one of Israel’s leading research universities and among the world leaders in many fields.
It has around 20,000 students and 4,000 faculty members in the Faculties of Engineering Sciences; Health Sciences; Natural Sciences; the Pinchas Sapir Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management; the Joyce and Irving Goldman School of Medicine; the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies; and the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies. More than 100,000 alumni play important roles in all areas of research and development, industry, health care, the economy, society, culture and education in Israel.
Ben-Gurion University 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. The University was later renamed after Israel's founder and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the future of the country lay in this region. After Ben-Gurion's death in 1973, the University was renamed Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Today, Ben-Gurion University is a center for teaching and research with about 20,000 students. Some of its research institutes include the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev, the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research with the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, and the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.
Ben-Gurion University has five faculties with 51 academic departments and units: 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.
Ben-Gurion University has six schools: The Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies, the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, the Leon and Mathilde Recanati School for Community Health Professions, the School of Pharmacy, the School for Medical Laboratory Sciences and the School of Continuing Medical Education.
Ben-Gurion University has 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.
In 1978 Prof. Alfred Inselberg, then with the Faculty of Mathematics, together with Dr. Sam Bergman and Dr. Avraham Melkman initiated the Computer Science program which by 1982 had attracted more than 200 students. Notably, this was the first university program in Israel where students were taught Pascal, used terminals rather than punch-card machines and where the first Computer Graphics Laboratory in Israel was established. This was the genesis of Computer Science education at Ben-Gurion University which eventually lead to a separate Department of Computer Science.
The University has three main campuses: The Marcus Family Campus in Beer-Sheva; the research campus at Sede Boqer and the Eilat Campus, and is home to national and multi-disciplinary research institutes: the National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev; the National Institute of Solar Energy; the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology; the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research; the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel & Zionism, and Heksherim - The Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture.
Advanced Research and Applications at the Forefront of Science and Technology
More than 800 senior and 1,100 junior faculty members work together with their graduate students in advanced laboratories, in the framework of more than 60 inter-disciplinary research centers.
In addition to pure research, Ben-Gurion University is also focused on applied research.
Through its technology transfer company, BGN Technologies, which is also responsible for the University’s patent portfolio, the University initiates, leads and implements projects with institutions, companies and foundations world-wide, and attracts strategic partners and investors in the fields of science, technology and industry, including homeland security; bioinformatics; robotics, energy and fuels; ergonomics; cyber security; nanotechnology; water resources; ecology and environment, human genetics; epidemiology; stem cells; diabetes; cancer; advanced drugs; biotechnology and agricultural technology; information technology and communications; environmental water treatment; and alternative energy sources.
A leader in environmental research in Israel, Ben-Gurion University is also committed to care for the environment as part of “Green Campus”.
The University ranked 46th in the world rankings of universities with sustainable policies,
and operates programs to promote awareness of environmental protection, a reduction in the use of resources, energy efficiency, promotion of research and wide-ranging educational and community activities.
Advanced Technologies Park - Hi-Tech and Biotechnology Park
Ben-Gurion University is a partner in the initiative and establishment of the Advanced Technologies Park currently being built adjacent to the Marcus Family Campus. The project is a unique publicprivate partnership combining the outstanding achievements of the University and the city of Beer-Sheva with leading companies in Israel and worldwide and marks a milestone in the Israeli scientific world. This hi-tech and biotechnology park will be populated by pioneering scientific and technological companies from around the world. The IDF’s Hi-Tech Center and Communications R&D facility will also be built adjacent to the Park.
Ben-Gurion University promotes research in the field of green energy, alternative and renewable energy, including renewable fuels, solar energy and more. It is also developing curricula for a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of energy.
Academic and Human Excellence
Ben-Gurion University is a major attraction for students and researchers due to its pluralistic and inter-disciplinary approach. The impressive achievements of its researchers, students and alumni, both academically and in the labor market, are the result of its excellent research, teaching and study infrastructure. The open and friendly atmosphere, combined with a young and original way of thinking, encourages the students and researchers to advance science, culture and society and to break through barriers in research.
Development of the Negev and Community involvement
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev plays a central role in the development of industry, agriculture and education in the Negev. More than 6000 students are involved in a wide variety of community and social projects in the region: there are 80 “Open Apartments” in Beer-Sheva, where students live in neighborhoods in which they are active, as part of the Department of Community Action. This is in addition to studies and the rich campus life, for which the University is well-known.
Unprecedented Drive and Growth
The student population at Ben-Gurion University has more than doubled in the last decade. Global academic ratings place the University high among universities world-wide and in certain fields, even among the world leaders. Ben-Gurion University ranked first in student satisfaction among all the academic institutions in Israel.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev aspires to be among the best inter-disciplinary research universities in the world, a leader in scientific innovation, inter-disciplinary research and applied sciences – all of which impact daily life. It is committed to social and environmental responsibility and is working to develop the Negev, Israel and the world.
The University attracts excellent students and researchers from Israel and abroad, original thinkers with a developed social conscience, who integrate into the country's leadership in a variety of ways.
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