Ben-Gurion University of the Negev signed an agreement with Die Hochschule für
Jüdische Studien – a college for Jewish studies – in Heidelberg, Germany this
week to launch a joint academic program.
The program, which will focus on Israel
studies with a specialization in modern Jewish life and culture, will be run
both on the BGU Sde Boker campus and in Heidelberg. It will be open to Israeli
and German students and is expected to open in time for the 2014-2015 academic
“There is a lot of symbolism in the fact that the university which
bears David Ben-Gurion’s name is establishing the first bilateral degree program
between Israel and Germany,” said Dr. Paula Kabalo, director of the Ben- Gurion
Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.