Ben-Gurion University to expand northern campus
Additional 57-acre tract of land will double the size of the university, and new dormitories will add 1,000 beds for students.
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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev signed an agreement with the Israel Lands
Administration on Sunday to expand and build a new northern campus within the
next four years.
The additional 57-acre tract of land will double the
size of the university, and new dormitories will add 1,000 beds for students and
the possibility of expanding to 2,500 beds.
The northern campus will be
located across the train tracks from the main university campus in the direction
of the Ramot neighborhood, adjacent to the Marcus Family Campus in
The signing between BGU and ILA took place in the presence of
Construction and Housing Minister Ariel Attias, ILA director-general Benzi
Lieberman and university vice president and director- general David
The agreement comes as part of a government directive to provide
10,000 more beds for students. The land that will be used for dormitory space
was given to the university for free. The other parts of the north campus will
Attias explained on Sunday that the finalization of the
contract represents the end of a long struggle.
“There was a long debate
as to whether the land should be used for the profits it could reap or to
benefit the citizens of Israel. The land must be used for citizens,” he
“Even though we are building in the center of the country, I came
to the periphery because I feel more connected to it,” Atias, whose grandparents
lived in the Daled neighborhood of Beersheba, continued.
Rivka Carmi also addressed the initiative.
“This is a historic step which
will shape the character and identity of the university in the next 50 years,”
Lieberman of the ILA noted that he sees the project as a
five-year window of opportunity to bring more students and their families, as
well as more IDF personnel and their families, to the South.