NYU Will Open A New Campus


Far from the teeming metropolis of New York, a university that bears the city’s name is planning to open up a new campus. No, I’m talking about a campus on Staten Island or one up in White Plains, rather a school in the Middle East — in Abu Dhabi to be exact.

New York University is expanding but in a way some would not expect as NYU Abu Dhabi will be the first comprehensive liberal arts campus established overseas by a private U.S. research university. The new campus will be funded by the Abu Dhabi government.

According to Mariet Wasserman who has been named Vice Chancellor for the new campus:

“Abu Dhabi’s real commitment is to the development of the emirate as a capital of culture, as a capital of ideas. It is a remarkable recognition of the leadership of Abu Dhabi, that it takes universities to do that, and that is what brought them to us and us to them,” Westermann said.

Beyond funding the school, NYU will be solely responsible for the student populace, accepting students without regard to religion, race, or gender. Citing that it already sends more students overseas to study than any other US institution of higher learning, NYU says that the new campus is a natural extension of what they do — provide a global education for their students.

NYU Abu Dhabi hopes to eventually enroll some 2,000 students from the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia and Europe; the school is slated to open its doors in 2010.

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi was the first foreign university to open a satellite campus in the emirates when that school was launched in May 2006.


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