President of Israel Reuven Rivlin and President of Germany Frank Walter Steinmeier visited the BIDR in Sde Boker in July to hear about BGU’s research in the areas of desertification, sustainability, and climate change. FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE NEGEV The Writers' House in Honor of Amos Oz - the literary and cultural center of the Heksherim Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture - was inaugurated in June 2021 in the presence of Toni Young and members of the Oz family. The transformation of the historic building in Beer-Sheva's Old City was made possible by a major gift from Toni Young and a significant investment of

of the Department of Education, Prof. Abu Rabia Queder is the first Arab woman from the Negev promoted to professor at BGU. A new occupational therapy program received approval by the Council for Higher Education. There is a severe shortage of occupational therapists all around the country, but especially in the South. The new Department of Occupational Therapy will open in the Recanati School for Community Health Professions in time for the 2022-2023 academic school year.

NIS 4.5 million from Mifal HaPais . Prof. Sarab Abu-Rabia Queder was

appointed to the new post of Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion in June. A member

The Writers' House in Honor of Amos Oz in downtown Beer-Sheva Prof. Sarab Abu Rabia Queder, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, at the opening of the academic school year


President's Report 2022

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