Sapir Academic College History

Sapir, Israel's largest public college offers educational excellence and innovation, in a welcoming and diverse student centered campus. 

The College opened its doors in 1963 as a Regional Adult Education Center to provide a range of training opportunities for local resident in the Northern Negev. In the early 1970’s, 15 local authorities joined to create The Pinchas Sapir Negev College (Michelet HaNegev) on the site of the regional education center.   In 1975, three academic tracks were launched under the auspices of Ben-Gurion University, awarding degrees in Behavioral Science, Economics and a General BA (Liberal Arts). The Mechina Pre-Academy Programs launched in 1982, and in 1984, Sapir Technical Center opened, providing Practical Engineering Diplomas. 
 In 1998, the Council for Higher Education (CHE) granted the College an Academic Charter and licensed Sapir Academic College as an independent degree granting institution of higher education. In 2007, the college was granted the academic license to award a number of MA degrees. In 2009, the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Academic Library opened serving the college and local residents.

In the last two decades, the College has grown to a wide range of 17 undergraduate degrees, six graduate degree tracks; and two first-year Bridge Programs in Engineering & Sciences with Ben Gurion University.

The Ben Lulu Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center opened in 2016. The eXlab, launched in 2019, is an advanced technological center that offers students and local residents a place to experience and work on innovation.