Monday, December 19, 2011

NYC - Technion-Cornell Cornerstone of the Future

NYC Tech Campus:
"Our greatest strength is our diversity. This is the day we really do usher in the high tech economy."

Technion President Peretz Lavie

"No more faculties but HUBS that are flexible, overlapping and interact with industry: an open very flexible system built around themes rather than traditional fields of science.

...We found a partner, and what a partner. A program of innovation. We are not going to have an extension of the Technion or Cornell but something new that will really energize this city. 

...The links between Technion and New York go back to the 1910s, with a donation from US philanthropist Jacob Schiff....

...The Technion was founded in 1912...100 years later we come to New York to close the historic circle. We are building the bridge between Israel and the US, Technion and Cornell, New York and Haifa." 

...from Jaffa oranges to semiconductors

...I just came from Stockholm... this is as exciting as a Nobel"

Cornell President David J. Skorton:

"A story of connectivity, between people and their ideas, between teachers and their students...

...Success needs technology,innovation, entrepreneurial ecosystem...

...We need to extend the talent pool... and retain them in NYC - as many as possible for as long as possible."

New campius: "An environmental standard bearer."

Mayor Bloomberg:

 "Today will be remembered as a defining moment."

"A dynamic joint submission from two world class institutions"

"The economic impact will be greater than we thought. A game changer."

"Transformative, cutting edge campus, pioneering green elements..."

The bid- "The most students, faculty, building space, environmentally sustainable"

"The element includes elements to integrate the campus with the city... "

"Unprecedented fund for start ups with high dividends"

"Technion sits at the center of an ecosystem of startups + hightech giants"

"3/4 nobel scientists in Israel came from Technion - "

 Technion - Cornell: "A tantalizing groundbreaking partnership."

"Cornell Tech campus will spin out more than 600 new companies over 30 yrs"

"The courage to expand... their success will be our success"

They are calling the Technion Israel's version of MIT. This is very flattering, but there is a difference. Technion was founded in 1912 - decades before the birth of the State of Israel. It was the inculcation of expert skills, creativity and pioneering ingenuity among young people that facilitated the birth of a nation. You can check the Technion's unique history on Wikipedia, or view it rapidly in the video below! If you want it in a different language, go to Technion Channel and take your pick!

100 years ago, the first cornerstone was laid for Israel's 1st university. So much was embodied in that cornerstone, including the realization of the hopes, dreams and genius of a people who had been disenfranchised for centuries. The original charter of the Technion was not only Zionist. It was to bring skills, education and training to people denied access to higher education in the service of all humanity.

In 2012, in the year of the Technion's cornestone centenary, a third millennium cornerstone is to be laid, on that realized the vision to be of service to all humankind. United with Cornell University - an institution unrivaled in its creativity, standards of excellence and flair for innovation, Technion will be working to establish the foundations of the global village of tomorrow - a center of higher education that will transform the New York of the coming 100 years - bringing innovation, employment and creativity, introducing tomorrows generation of medicine, life sciences, nanotechnology, software, electronics and  global entrepreneurship.

At Technion, tomorrow begins today.

The path of progress. Technion & Cornell link up
to announce the bid for NYC 'genius' tech campus

Unconstrained by geography... the Technion - Cornell link-up
to generate innovation at the heart of the global village.

Green, clean and aesthetic... artists impression of the new
campus on Roosevelt Island.

A coalition to lay the scientific and technological foundations
of tomorrow's world.

Cornell President Skorton in a video conference with
Technion President Peretz Lavie.


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