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City Receives 7 Proposals for Applied Sciences Campus Contract

Monday, October 31, 2011

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The competition is underway to see which university will be selected to build a state of the art engineering and applied sciences campus in New York City.

The city has received 7 proposals from 17 different universities. Many institutions partnered to form consortiums.

The winner will receive access to city-owned land and up to $100 million in incentives.

The submissions include one from Stanford University and City College that proposes building their campus on Roosevelt Island, Carnegie Mellon University and Steiner Studios proposing to build at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology proposing a Roosevelt Island campus, while Columbia University is looking to further its expansion uptown. Proposals from Amity University, an NYU partnership with several international schools, City University of New York and Carnegie Mellon, and a New York Genome Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine/Rockefeller University/SUNY Stony Brook partnership round out the applications.

City officials will consult an advisory committee of business and university officials as they choose the winner. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the judging will weigh a number of different factors: "The quality of its programs, the potential to be financially self sustaining, the level of commitment required from the city, and the universities’ plan to connect with residents and connect themselves into the fabric of our city."

Bloomberg added that feasibility, potential job creation and the ability to meet construction deadlines will also be considered by the judges.

Institutions vying for the city contract will be focusing on curriculum such as information technology, digital media, sustainable urban growth public health, computer science and electrical engineering.

One of the judges, CEO Charlie Kim of the tech company NextJump, said one of the most challenging elements of keeping his company staffed was attracting and recruiting engineers. Kim said he hopes the new campus will create a “tech ecosystem” — luring talent from places like Silicon Valley to the Big Apple.

The winner or winners (if there is a tie) are expected to be announced in January.

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