President of Columbia University
"While every institution in New York City accepts the need to use the space available to us as efficiently as possible, there are limits. At a certain point, the scholarship, research, teaching, and public service at the heart of a university's mission begin to suffer without the quality laboratories, classrooms, and living spaces needed to accomplish these goals—and so too does the institution's value to the city and to society.
"There's no question that the growth of interdisciplinary academic partnerships underscores the values of locating faculty and students in close proximity to their colleagues and classmates in other disciplines. While each must pursue our own unique paths forward, it is in the very nature of all great universities to be academic communities of shared scholarship and experiences, of living and working together. And for our colleagues at NYU that academic community is centered in Washington Square."
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