As a result of a partnership between the University and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Cornell-NYC Tech students will have access to federal resources to support entrepreneurship, according to an announcement made by President David Skorton on Tuesday.
Speaking to a packed Schoellkopf Stadium, Mayor Michael Bloomberg urged the Class of 2012 to keep Cornell’s land grant mission, as well as the willingness to take risks, close to their hearts as they depart from The Hill at the University’s 144th Convocation on Saturday.
Since Stanford University dropped its bid for a tech campus in New York City three days before Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Cornell won the competition, the university’s administration has largely kept the reasons for the pullout secret. However, a new profile of Stanford in this week's The New Yorker sheds light on the negotiations between the school and the city that ultimately led to its withdrawal.
Despite concerns that the tech campus will steer resources away from Cornell’s Ithaca campus, administrators speaking at a public forum Friday said that the recently approved institution has already begun to strengthen the University’s main campus.
As the Oct. 28 deadline for Mayor Bloomberg’s invitation to construct an applied sciences campus in New York City approaches, competition for Cornell is intensifying as competing universities announce details of their plans.