Achva Academic College was established in 1971 as a teachers training college and has developed over the years into a fully-fledged academic college endeavoring to upgrade the teaching profession by offering programs that provide an opportunity to acquire an academic degree alongside a thorough pedagogical training. The College comprises 3,500 students and 321 members of faculty drawn mainly from localities in the Negev desert area and in the southern coastal region of Israel. The college has an active and vibrant research community developing workable pedagogical models for the benefit of the Israeli educational system. The College also pays great attention to social and environmental concerns, encouraging engagement by its students in neighboring communities, providing advanced technological facilities for the disabled throughout the campus and using ecologically sound procedures in the running of its facilities.