The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is Israel's fastest developing research university. With 20 thousand students and more than 4,000 staff members in three campuses – in Be'er Sheva, Sde Boker, and Eilat – the University realizes the vision of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel, who envisioned that the future of the State lies in the Negev. The University takes center stage in transforming the city of Be'er Sheva into a national cyber center, in which international companies rely on the University's expertise for innovative research and development.
Ahead of the 50th anniversary of its establishment, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev continues to lead changes in Negev, Israel, and worldwide. The University is active at the forefront of research and in the community. More than one-third of the students participate in unique community outreach programs, which serve as an example for other institutions worldwide. The University is a leader in many research areas, including cyber security, robotics, biotechnology, desert agriculture, water studies, Israeli and Zionist studies, Hebrew literature, hospitality and tourism management, social leadership, nanotechnology, and more. It encourages multidisciplinary collaborations with academic institutions, national authorities, government agencies, and leading companies and nurtures entrepreneurship and innovation in many areas.
Adapting teaching to the 21st century is one of the University's challenges. Out of the understanding that technological development influences teaching, the University invests in developing online courses and MOOCs in various disciplines: Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, Medicine, Computer Science, and Engineering. The University's online courses see great success, with thousands of users/students from Israel and worldwide.