Arizona State University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have partnered on several programs. The first is a study abroad experience for students that builds on the many commonalities and challenges shared by both communities, from innovation in energy, urban development, and sustainability to social and environmental justice.
The second is the Global Drylands Center, led by sustainability expert Osvaldo Sala through the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU. The effort is based on building use-inspired research, training and solutions for arid ecosystems around the world. In addition to Ben Gurion, the effort also extends to King College London.
Ben-Gurion is located in Beer-Sheva and was founded in 1969 to transform the Negev desert. The fourth largest city in Israel and one of the oldest cities in the world, Ben-Gurion lies at the convergence of ancient history and urban development. In addition to working to promote technology and innovation, the university also seeks to build bridges between Israel and Arab neighbors through initiatives in science, research and development.