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San Antonio Mayor Visits BGU

San Antonio Mayor Visits BGU

October 24, 2017

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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg recently led a delegation of officials to BGU to explore academic collaborations as part of a trade visit to Israel.

In his remarks, Mayor Nirenberg said, “We are visiting Israel to work to connect trade, business, cultural, and educational interests. We want to bring the message that San Antonio is open for partnerships.”

Left to right: San Antonio City Councilman Robert Trevino; Dr. Thomas Evans, president of the University of the Incarnate Word; BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi; and Mayor Ron Nirenberg

The mayor and delegation met with BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi M.D, who gave an overview of BGU’s history and strengths, particularly in engineering, medicine and cyber security.

Mayor Nierenberg (left) touring the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev campus with the delegation as Aya Bar-Hadas (right), head of BGU’s Guest and Visitors Unit, provides an orientation.

The group also met with several researchers and visited the Advanced Technologies Park (ATP). BGU is a founder of and investor in the ATP, which is adjacent to the University. This endeavor has successfully created more than 2,000 high-tech jobs in just three years since it opened.

BGU is a driving force in transforming the city of Beer-Sheva into the cyber capital of Israel and a major international hub. The University has attracted major businesses and startups such as Deutsche Telekom, Dell-EMC, PayPal, IBM, and others to establish operations and research facilities in the ATP.

“We are in an accelerated growth phase, and are bridging the gap between academia and industry with this unique ecosystem that is enabling the realization of research and technology innovations from the Negev for the world,” Prof. Carmi said.


Americans for Ben-Gurion University plays a vital role in maintaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision of an “Oxford in the Negev.” By supporting a world-class academic institution that not only nurtures the Negev, but also shares its expertise locally and globally, Americans for Ben-Gurion University engages a community of Americans who are committed to improving the world. The Americans for Ben-Gurion University movement supports a 21st century unifying vision for Israel by rallying around BGU’s remarkable work and role as an apolitical beacon of light in the Negev desert.

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