According to various studies, the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel will double in size in the next two generations, making this group one-fifth of Israel’s population.
To accommodate the need for education and employment for the Negev’s ultra-Orthodox population, Ben-Gurion University is opening a number of academic programs geared specifically toward this community, as well as the ultra-Orthodox community throughout Israel.
Ultra-Orthodox students will be able to receive a B.A. in the arts, communications, conflict management and resolution, geography, political science, psychology, and social work.
M.A. programs include social work, conflict management and resolution, political science, communications, geography, health systems and administration, public administration, gerontology, and social leadership.
BGU plans to create a dedicated space in one of the buildings on its David Tuviyahu Campus (Beit Hais) for ultra-Orthodox degree programs.
Upon completing their studies at BGU, the students will be able to better integrate into the workforce, provide for their families and contribute to Israel society.