About Cornell NYC Tech

About Cornell NYC Tech
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    New York City will soon welcome a new university. Cornell NYC Tech, a partnership between Cornell University and Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, is under construction and will be located on Roosevelt Island in the city’s East River.

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New school arises on Roosevelt Island.

The school is committed to cultivating entrepreneurialism and will, therefore, be free of academic departments and organizational boundaries.

Graduate School

Cornell NYC Tech or Cornell Tech is a graduate school. It will offer master’s degrees in Computer Science, Information Systems, an accelerated one-year MBA program as well as Ph.D. studies.

Cornell Tech is not just an academic institution, but will also function as a place to advance technical entrepreneurship. Thus, private companies will have the opportunity to set up space right on campus and work directly with the university.

History

Underutilized Roosevelt Island has long been the target for renewal. Under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s watch, a competition was created to attract ideas for advancing entrepreneurship and job growth on the island. Cornell and Technion presented a plan that was accepted by the city and Cornell Tech was formed.

Cornell Tech began offering classes in Jan. 2013, using a temporary Google-owned location in Chelsea while construction was underway. The new school will offer 2.1 million square feet of campus space featuring multiple highly modern and state-of-the-art buildings. The first phase is expected to be completed in 2017.

Design

New York City has no shortage of breath-taking architecture. The Cornell Tech campus is to feature buildings that will advance that thinking, with a decidedly 21st-century look.

Planned to occupy the southern end of Roosevelt Island, the Cornell Tech campus will be populated by glassy buildings including a 24-story dorm, reaching nearly as high as the nearby Queensboro Bridge. The campus will be dominated by flexible space in keeping with technology that is ever changing. Notably, a landscape architect said this of the campus: “there are no gates, no fences, no walls.”

Development

A project as large as Cornell Tech requires much planning and financial backing. It is estimated that developers will spend $2 billion to build the campus, with some of those funds contributed by wealthy backers including Charles Feeney, Michael Bloomberg, and Irwin M. and Joan Jacobs.

Demolition of existing structures including the Goldwater Specialty Hospital is part of the development, with debris removed by barge. Construction of the first academic building is presently underway; the residential building will be constructed beginning in 2015.

Application

As with other top notch educational institutions, Cornell Tech says that it is looking for the “best and brightest” students to join the school. In return, the school claims that it will provide “rigorous academic study and the promise of real world experience.”

The ideal student candidate is someone who wants to “push the limits” by reimagining technology across all areas of our lives. Students should be change agents, desiring to impact their world as well as looking to be challenged.

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