Article - Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – 50 Years
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – 50 Years
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which was founded 50 years ago, is the most rapidly developing research university in Israel. With 20,000 students and more than 4,000 faculty members at its three campuses – Beer Sheva, Sde Boker and Eilat – the university is realizing the vision of David Ben-Gurion, first Prime Minister of the State of Israel, that the future of the country lies in the Negev Desert. The university leads excellence in research and in teaching and promotes scientific innovation, interdisciplinary research and science that affects daily life.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is committed to social and environmental involvement. More than one third of the students participate in unique social involvement programs that serve as an example for other institutions worldwide. The university is a leader in many fields of research, including cyber security, robotics, biotechnology, desert agriculture, water exploration, Israeli and Zionism studies, hotel management and tourism, social leadership, nanotechnology and more. It encourages multi-disciplinary collaborations with the state and industry and cultivates all sorts of entrepreneurship and innovation. The university is at the center of efforts to make the city of Beer Sheva a national cyber center where leading international companies rely upon the university’s expertise for innovative research and development.
As it celebrates 50 years, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev affects the lives of tens of thousands of people in the Negev, in Israel and around the world.
Description of the Stamp and the First Day Cover
The stamp features the following:
An image of Ben-Gurion
The DNA bridge that leads to the University’s hi tech park
The Zalman Aranne Central Library
Students on the University campus
Symbols of the atom and of DNA