Arava Institute for Environmental Studies


The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) is the premier environmental education and research program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region’s environmental challenges. Affiliated with Ben-Gurion University, AIES houses academic programs, research, and international cooperation initiatives on a range of environmental concerns and challenges.

With over 700 alumni, Institute graduates are creating the necessary conditions to ensure a more sustainable and pluralistic future in the Middle East. The Arava Institute’s mission is to create a new generation of sophisticated professionals that will meet the region’s environmental challenges with rich and innovative peace-building solutions.

With a student body comprised of Jordanians, Palestinians, Israelis, and students from around the world, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies offers students a unique opportunity to study and live together for an extended period of time; building networks and developing understanding that will enable future cooperative work and activism in the Middle East and beyond.