IMOD, BGU Inaugurate First Building of IDF’s New Technology Campus

Photo Credit: Israel Ministry of Defense

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) inaugurated the first building of the IDF Technology Campus in Be’er-Sheva on Wednesday.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz, Director-General David Bareket, and VP Regional Development Prof. Dan Blumberg, as well as Be’er-Sheva Mayor Ruvik Danilovich, IMOD’s Southern Relocation Administration Head Brig. Gen. (res.) Itzik Cohen, Gav-Yam Negev Advanced Technologies Park CEO Roy Zwebner, and others.

The two-floor, 400 square-meter building will serve as the administrative center overseeing the construction of the campus, which will eventually occupy about 150,000 square meters of building space spread over 180 dunams (about 44 acres) next to the BGU Advanced Technologies Park.

The smart campus will include advanced, eco-friendly energy and technology infrastructure to benefit the greater Be’er-Sheva region, including the local municipality, Ben-Gurion University, and local industry. Construction will include collaboration with the private sector, including the Africa-Israel Group.

“To create the smart campus we are bringing innovative technologies that will serve the needs of thousands of soldiers from the most elite IDF units,” said Brig. Gen. (res.) Itzik Cohen. “This infrastructure has the ability to reinforce the military’s operational capabilities. At the same time, the collaboration between academia, the private sector, local government and the military will turn the Negev into Israel’s cyber capital.”

Ben-Gurion University President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz commented: “The future growth and development of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev into the North Campus is intimately tied to our growing relationship with the nascent IDF technology and intelligence bases springing up in and around Be’er-Sheva. The dedication of the first building of the IDF’s new tech campus is the harbinger of great developments which will bring thousands of outstanding soldiers to this base, many of whom will also complete degrees at BGU in parallel with their service. I am looking forward to watching the rest of the army's tech campus grow, and of course to overseeing BGU’s collaboration with the military as the units themselves move south.”

Be’er-Sheva Mayor Ruvik Danilovich said, "Today will go down as a landmark in the history of Israel. Our country has begun implementing a dramatic decision, one that will turn the city of Be’er-Sheva into an international center. Knowledge, groundbreaking technology and the best human capital in the world all come together in the Negev.

“The connection between the IDF Technology Campus, our national Cybersecurity Research Center, elite intelligence units, the hi-tech park, the Innovation District, Ben-Gurion University, and Soroka University Medical Center will lead to technological breakthroughs, scientific discoveries, and a world-class economy. This will allow our inquisitive minds to flourish and nourish the ideas that will change reality for all of humanity and will characterize the future of the entire world. Today Be’er-Sheva has become a technology anchor for the country and a center of knowledge for the entire world,” Danilovich added.


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