Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Stanford proposes high-tech campus in New York City

Stanford University has unveiled plans to build a campus for applied science research and graduation education in New York -- in response to an invitation by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The proposal, which will compete with others from 26 other institutions, outlines a high-technology campus that could be built in phases over 25 years to provide graduate degree-granting programs for students in engineering, computer science and business.
The university proposes starting construction on the first phase in 2013 and enrolling 440 master's and doctorate students by the fall of 2015. In time, Stanford envisions the possibility of as many as 2,200 graduate students and 100 faculty members at a New York City location.
The proposed "Stanford New York" campus would draw from various schools, centers and programs, including the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.
Of four possible locations offered by the city of New York, Stanford has used a Roosevelt Island site as a model for its proposal. The land is located in the middle of the East River between Manhattan and Queens. Facilities built on the site would include academic and research space, as well as housing for students and faculty members.
Funds for capital costs would be expected to come from a combination of philanthropy, New York City and Stanford University.
Stanford President John Hennessy will discuss Stanford's proposal at his annual address to the Academic Council on April 14. The address will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the NVIDIA Auditorium of the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center.


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