The hope is to build an ecosystem like Haifa’s, where industry and academics feed off each other.
The New York Times’ Education Life weekend section looks at the beta class and educational roll-out of Cornell NYC Tech so far, a new graduate program in applied sciences that is not your typical Master’s program:
“In Ithaca, you take a bunch of classes and then you have your one master’s project — you work on it alone,” said Mr. Kopp, who transferred from a master’s program at Cornell’s main campus. “It typically doesn’t have a business aspect to it, or you might be working on something that a professor is doing. This has a very different feel to it.”
First day of classes at Cornell Tech, via The New York Times:
Cornell NYC Tech, a new graduate school focusing on applied science, is a bold experiment on many fronts: a major expansion for an august upstate school, a high-impact real estate venture for Roosevelt Island, an innovative collaboration with a foreign university, a new realm of influence for City Hall. But the most striking departure of all may be the relationship it sets forth between university and industry, one in which commerce and education are not just compatible, they are also all but indistinguishable. In this new framework, Cornell NYC Tech is not just a school, it is an “educational start-up,” students are “deliverables” and companies seeking access to those students or their professors can choose from a “suite of products” by which to get it.
Photo credit: Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
We think the next generation of technology will happen in places like New York, dense urban environments, where technology can be brought to bear to solve the problems of everyday people.
New York City’s growing tech industry is about to be infused with new talent, thanks to the historic investments made by the City and Cornell for the new campus on Roosevelt Island. Ensuring that the new campus is connected in the right way to the thriving entrepreneurial sector is important to delivering on the promise of economic growth that is at the center of this project. I look forward advising university leadership on how we can achieve these goals.
Applications Now Open for ‘Beta’ Class
Mayor Bloomberg and Cornell University today announced that applications for admission are being accepted for the “beta” class of computer science students at Cornell NYC Tech, the new world-class applied sciences campus in New York City. This first class of full-time students will begin in January 2013, pursuing a one-year Cornell Master of Engineering degree in computer science. Applications for the small and highly selective beta class are due on October 1, 2012. The program will be housed at the temporary campus location in Chelsea, in space donated by Google. In 2017, the campus will move to its permanent home on Roosevelt Island. Information about the program and the application procedure for prospective students is available online at http://tech.cornell.edu/.
“We’re calling this the ‘beta’ class because these students will help shape the future of this new educational institution. Candidates for the beta class must be future tech leaders, with not only the highest academic credentials but also strong entrepreneurial interests, leadership skills and a passion for community engagement.”—Dean Huttenlocher, Dean of the tech campus
Find out more details in the press release.
Like Google, with its $2 billion Chelsea building, some of the most important tech companies have been looking east. Twitter opened major offices on Madison Avenue last year, and eBay announced in May that it’s moving some of its units to the Flatiron neighborhood. ‘They want to be in a big city,’ where, culturally, intellectually, financially, there are ‘more of the best and the brightest,’ says Bloomberg. ‘If intellectual capital is what you need, New York City is where you want to be.’