Mining High-Tech Talent in the Negev
June 3, 2013
EMC is just one high-tech company moving to the new Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) in Beer-Sheva.
“There is a global skill shortage,” says Tom Heiser, the president of RSA, EMC’s security division. “If we can be where the skills are – whether from the military or from universities – we will have early access to the talent pool.”
Attracted to the brain pool at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, EMC opened a Beer-Sheva branch in 2011 and many of its employees are BGU alumni and graduate students. The company will be moving its offices to the ATP, adjacent to BGU’s Marcus Family Campus, when construction is complete.
In addition to EMC, Deutsche Telekom – which already operates its only lab outside of Germany at BGU – and NESS Technologies and Oracle are slated to move in. The Israeli army’s elite technology units are also moving to the ATP.
The proximity to the University will allow all the companies to collaborate with BGU researchers and graduate students, encouraging synergy between industry, academia and the military.
In collaboration with the Israeli government and the Beer-Sheva municipality, Ben-Gurion University was the founding force behind the ATP, seeking to encourage development and jobs in the Negev.