September 24, 2012

photo: DC site opening

New York University, the world’s first Global Network University, today officially opened a newly-constructed, 75,000 sq. ft. academic facility for teaching, learning, and research for NYU students and faculty in Washington DC, which will give NYU students a chance to Study Abroad (or “Study Away,” in NYU parlance) in the nation’s capital. NYU President John Sexton and Board of Trustees Chair Martin Lipton officiated at the event, welcoming students, faculty, and donors.

With the opening of “Constance Milstein and Family Global Academic Center,” there are now 14 NYU-operated academic sites – both degree-granting research university campuses and Study Away sites -- in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America: an unequaled global network providing unmatched educational and research opportunities to NYU’s students and faculty in the world’s great national capitals, capitals of commerce, and capitals of ideas.

NYU President John Sexton said, “For NYU, the opening of NYU Washington DC is more than a recognition of the hundreds of NYU students who each year travel to Washington to pursue internships or study opportunities, more than an acknowledgement of widespread faculty research interests, more, even, than a linking America’s capital of government with its capital of commerce. It is, really, an indispensible addition to NYU’s global network, one that will enable students and faculty from all our degree-granting campuses – New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai – to have the opportunity to study government, policy-making, and international relations and national security close-up and in real time. Particularly for the growing number of non-U.S. students at NYU’s campuses, it presents an unrivaled opportunity to understand the United States, its government, and its national priorities and values.

“None of this would have been possible without the generosity of many people who understand the idea of NYU’s global network, and recognize not only how it benefits our students but the model it offers for how to change the architecture of universities in the 21st century.

Keynote: Ray Suarez

Suarez received a B.A. in African History from New York University. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by many colleges and universities, most recently by Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. He has been honored with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from NYU.