Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is the youngest of the seven research universities in Israel, established in 1970. It includes five faculties (among them Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and more. BGU offers B.A., M.A. as well as Ph.D. and M.D. degrees with about 19,000 students attending it every year.
The location of BGU in the Southern part of Israel places it in the heart of a diverse and vibrant community composed of numerous ethnic groups of recent and long-term immigrants from over 120 countries, as well as ethnic minorities (mostly Bedouins). Consequently, it is a leading higher academic institution in the country that addresses various cross-cultural and adaptation issues in minority and migrant populations. A Project for Research and Education on Migrants' Lives in Israel (MigLives) is operating at BGU combining research, documentation and education to advance tolerance and cohesion between different ethnic groups in the Israeli society: http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/humsos/MigLives/Pages/default.aspx
The Spitzer Department of Social Work was established in 1982 in order to meet the welfare needs of the Negev population. It is recognized nationally and internationally for its expertise in researching, teaching and training students on diverse ethnic groups. It is also known for its commitment to participatory academia-community social activism. Over 600 students attend the department's undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs every year. The Spitzer department's alumni and staff lead the welfare services in the Negev thus improving the life quality of its inhabitants.