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NYU to build 2nd NYC applied sciences campus

By Samantha Gross

Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 23 2012 4:50 p.m. MDT

This artist’s rendering by dbox provided by New York University shows the proposed “Center for Urban Science and Progress” campus that New York University plans to install in a city-owned building. The new campus will be focused on the research and development of technologies to help solve the problems facing cities, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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NEW YORK — New York will soon be home to an applied-sciences graduate campus with a focus on technology innovations to help the world's cities, officials said Monday in the second such announcement to come out of a city initiative to challenge the entrepreneurial dominance of Silicon Valley.

An international coalition led by New York University will launch the Brooklyn campus, to be called the Center for Urban Science and Progress, next year. It is the second applied-sciences campus to come out of a city competition that drew seven proposals from institutions and consortiums, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said continuing talks with other applicants could lead to additional programs.

"This new partnership is going to give the (Brooklyn) Tech Triangle a critical mass that we believe will make it one of the most dynamic environments for entrepreneurs anywhere in the country," Bloomberg said of the area stretching between the borough's Dumbo, Downtown and Navy Yard neighborhoods.

The NYU-led campus eventually will be placed in a city-owned building currently occupied by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The institution will pay $50 million for the MTA's relocation and will receive $15 million in city tax incentives.

Classes will begin in September 2013 in temporary leased space and will move to the institution's permanent home in September 2017, Bloomberg said.

NYC President John Sexton said the center's focus on urban issues would help not just its students but also the planet.

"Today 50 percent of the world's population lives in cities. Within 25 years that will be 70 percent," he said. "We have to figure out how to create the new cities that will be needed, and how to make the cities that already exist ... even more suitable, sustainable, friendly."

New York will serve as a "living laboratory" for students, with city agencies working with the school to identify issues that students can address, Sexton said. The school will also serve as an incubator for new companies.

The schools collaborating to create the institution include the City University of New York, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Toronto, University of Warwick and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Private partners IBM Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. also will contribute.

In December, Bloomberg announced that Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, would spend more than $2 billion on a campus on Roosevelt Island, just east of Manhattan. Officials have said that program will begin enrolling students in temporary space this year.

The Brooklyn program is projected to eventually enroll about 530 students, while the campus on Roosevelt Island is expected to support up to 2,500 students with a focus in areas including engineering and computer science.

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