Stanford University Medical Center

December 20, 2011 by staff 

Stanford University Medical CenterStanford University Medical Center, After an intense competition involving several prestigious postsecondary schools, Cornell University has been chosen to create a new engineering and applied science campus in New York City.

The announcement is expected to be made today at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to the The New York Times.

Other universities in contention for the project included Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford University. In all, there were 15 vying for the task of bringing the city an engineering school, expected to help aid in the creation of new companies and jobs, SFGate reported. However, Stanford University withdrew from the contest three days ago while Cornell University officials announced a $350 million gift in supplementation of their project proposal during the same time, The New York Times reported.

A New York City engineering school is expected to help increase the presence of Cornell University, located in Ithaca, N.Y., in the city, according to Ronald Ehrenberg, a Cornell economics professor.

“The trustees and the president have long wanted to have a bigger presence in New York City,” Ehrenberg was quoted in SFGate as saying. “The notion that you can be a great international university in the 21st century if you’re located in rural upstate New York doesn’t work.”

However, Cornell already has a presence in the area. Its medical school is located in the upper east side of Manhattan. Cornell’s new plans, including a partnership with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, feature a campus of 2 million square feet on the city’s Roosevelt Island. The campus would serve about 2,000 students, noted SFGate, and will include a modernistic and industry-focused venture, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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