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This swanky New York grad school looks far more like a tech firm than university; take a look

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Wed September 13 2017, 12:23 pm
  • Cornell Tech, new york, grad school, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, students, Bloomberg, New York City, NYC Tech Campus

    The city's quest to make itself a legitimate rival to Silicon Valley as a high-tech hub has long bumped up against some harsh realities, among them the fact it hasn't had a top-tier technology school pumping out the next generation of entrepreneurs and engineers. A potential answer to that problem, a new technology-oriented graduate school called Cornell Tech, cuts the ribbon on the first phase of its new campus on an island in the East River. The collaboration between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, built with the help of hundreds of millions of dollars from philanthropies and from the city, has just 250 master's degree students and 50 doctorate students taking classes this fall. But officials hope to ramp up to 2,000 students by the time the campus is fully developed.

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  • Cornell Tech, new york, grad school, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, students, Bloomberg, New York City, NYC Tech Campus

    Part of the concept is to promote close ties between academia and the startup economy, officials said. (AP Photo)

  • Cornell Tech, new york, grad school, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, students, Bloomberg, New York City, NYC Tech Campus

    The first three buildings of a 12-acre campus on Roosevelt Island are opening after a fledgling Cornell Tech program spent the past four years as a rent-free tenant at a Google office building in Manhattan. (AP Photo)

  • Cornell Tech, new york, grad school, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, students, Bloomberg, New York City, NYC Tech Campus

    The campus was born from a competition held by New York City in 2011, backed by independent then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who made his fortune selling innovative data terminals to Wall Street.(AP Photo)

  • Cornell Tech, new york, grad school, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, students, Bloomberg, New York City, NYC Tech Campus

    Donations to build the new campus have included $100 million from the former mayor's charity, Bloomberg Philanthropies, $350 million from philanthropist and duty-free magnate Chuck Feeney and $133 million from Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs. The city provided $100 million in seed money plus development rights on city land.(AP Photo)

  • Cornell Tech, new york, grad school, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, students, Bloomberg, New York City, NYC Tech Campus

    Students in fields including engineering, computer science, business and health tech are living this fall in a newly opened 26-story residence hall with sweeping views of Manhattan on one side and Queens on the other. (AP Photo)

  • Cornell Tech, new york, grad school, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, students, Bloomberg, New York City, NYC Tech Campus

    Cornell Tech's main academic building, called the Bloomberg Center, looks far more like a tech company than a university. Professors and researchers type away at laptops in the open-plan office. If they want privacy for a meeting they can repair to a huddle room. (AP Photo)

  • Cornell Tech, new york, grad school, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, students, Bloomberg, New York City, NYC Tech Campus

    The third Cornell Tech building, called the Bridge, is owned by developer Forest City Ratner and will be shared by the school and commercial tenants including, so far, Citigroup and Italian chocolate maker Ferrero, the maker of Nutella. (AP Photo)

  • Cornell Tech, new york, grad school, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, students, Bloomberg, New York City, NYC Tech Campus

    The Technion, Israel's oldest university, is responsible for two of the seven master's programs Cornell Tech offers. The programs in health tech and connective media are part of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, which also hosts a post-doctoral startup program for graduates to transform their research into new companies.(AP Photo)

  • Cornell Tech, new york, grad school, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Cornell University, students, Bloomberg, New York City, NYC Tech Campus

    Former mayor Michael Bloomberg visits the Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, a new graduate school collaboration between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology on Roosevelt Island in New York. The new graduate school that backers hope will cement New York's status as a center of high-tech innovation officially opens on September 13. The school called Cornell Tech is the product of a competition former Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in 2011. (AP Photo)

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