Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Hebrew: אוניברסיטת בן גוריון בנגב) was founded in 1969, in Beersheba, Israel.
The university is mandated to promote development of the Negev region, inspired by the vision of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, who believed that the country's future lay in the relatively undeveloped south. Originally named University of the Negev, the name was changed to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev after Ben-Gurion's death in November 1973. The university also maintains a small campus, Midreshet Ben-Gurion, near kibbutz Sde Boker where Ben-Gurion spent his retirement years, which is home to the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, which awards masters degrees and PhDs in desert-related subjects. It also operates a campus in Eilat. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has a current enrollment of 17,400 students and is one of Israel's fastest growing universities.
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