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BGU President’s Vision for the Negev

BGU President’s Vision for the Negev

March 25, 2024

Negev Development & Community Programs

Ben-Gurion University President, Prof. Daniel Chamovitz

The Jerusalem Post (op-ed by BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz) In 1955, David Ben-Gurion envisioned how the University would “play a key role in turning the Negev into a flourishing region through scientific research and technological advancements,” while building a more just and inclusive society. This is what Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) has been doing since its founding 54 years ago.

In the challenging context of the ongoing war, BGU must reinforce its commitment to holistic engagement with its surroundings, guided by the following question: “How can we maximize our impact?”

While BGU remains committed to the foundational roles of education and research in transforming society, its focus has expanded toward envisioning and preparing for post-conflict reconstruction in the Negev by embracing all facets of societal development – economic, social, and beyond.

Ben-Gurion University stands ready to play a critical role in this process, leveraging our existing partnerships across society, industry, government, and the IDF. Its collaboration with the Tkuma Authority and other initiatives exemplifies its proactive approach.

In education, access, and equity, BGU’s goal is to nurture the untapped potential inherent in the youth of the Negev, while attracting top talent. BGU will provide additional support for veterans of Swords of Iron, and influence education throughout the Negev in partnership with BGU’s School of Education’s Child Development and Family Relationships Laboratory and the Jusidman Science Center for Youth.

BGU is poised to be an even more central force in the development of the Negev. BGU’s ambition extends beyond restoration to the pre-conflict state; we aspire to usher in a new era of hope and prosperity for the region. BGU’s readiness and commitment to this cause is unwavering, as it seeks to play a transformative role in the future of the Negev.

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