Sapir, Israel's largest public college offers educational excellence and innovation, in a welcoming and diverse student-centered campus.
The College first opened its doors in 1963, as a Regional Adult Education Center to provide a range of training opportunities for local residents in the Northern Negev. In the early 1970’s, 15 local authorities joined to create The Pinchas Sapir Negev College (Michlellet HaNegev) on the site of the regional education center.
The College is named after Pinchas Sapir, who following Israel's founding, held many high ranking government posts and served as Israel's Minister of Finance and Minister of Trade & Industry. He was often considered 'the father' of Israel's economy, due to his unwavering efforts to foster economic development especially in the Negev during the country's formative years.
In 1975, three academic tracks were launched at the Sapir Negev College (under the auspices of Ben-Gurion University) awarding degrees in Behavioral Science, Economics and a General BA (Liberal Arts). In 1982, The Mechina Pre-College Program was established, and the Sapir Technological Center for Practical Engineering opened in 1984, providing Practical Engineering Diplomas.
In 1998, Israel's 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. Then, in 2007, the CHE also granted the College the permission to award MA degrees in a number of disciplines.
Over the last two decades, Sapir has grown and developed wide range of undergraduate programs, graduate degree tracks; and First-Year Bridge Programs in Engineering and Sciences in association with Ben Gurion University. In 2009, The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Academic Library opened. It is the largest academic library in the Western Negev, serving the College and local residents.
Our recent groundbreaking initiative is the eXlab, established in 2019. An advanced technological hub it hosts the Benlolo Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation that provides a place to experience and work on innovation. The eXlab's flagship project is the HIE Sapir Labs which provides entrepreneurial tools together with expert mentoring from accomplished faculty and leading professionals.