Sapir Academic College
Sapir Academic College, established in 1998, is Israel's largest public college, with approximately 7,000 students, over 70% from the Negev. Sapir's diverse student body reflects a broad spectrum of Israeli society including Jews, Bedouins, Olim, urban and rural residents, coming from different religious backgrounds and political orientations.
Located less than a mile from the Gaza border, near the city of Sderot, it has endured rocket fire and ongoing threats of attack for the last 17 years.
Sapir's mission is to provide students, the majority from the periphery, with high quality, equitable and accessible higher education. Most students are the first in their families to attend college, many from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. College education at Sapir transforms their lives, opening doors to economic and social opportunities.
The campus is home to an academic and technical college offering a wide range of high-level undergraduate, graduate degrees and technical diplomas, continuing (adult) education and youth programs. The College also operates specialized programs for IDF soldiers and officers, providing academic and vocational opportunities.
Sapir provides a rich campus life with a variety of programs. The campus hosts college events and lectures, numerous local and national conferences every year, including one of Israel's most prestigious conferences - The Sapir-Sderot Conference on Israeli Society and the famous Cinema South International Film Festival. In addition, Sapir students operate the annual Culture South Festival (M’Darom) in the city of Ofakim. See more