Vision for a Global Network University

The global network university (GNU) is a new paradigm in higher education. Designed to draw the most talented and creative students and faculty from around the world, it enables those students and faculty to circulate seamlessly throughout the network without leaving the University’s intellectual community and resources. Research and learning at each of the network’s sites are connected to and enhanced by the whole, and students become global citizens. Once “in and of the city,” NYU, its students, and faculty are now “in and of the world.”

The fundamental organizational element of the GNU is the portal campus, of which NYU has three: NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai. These “anchor” campuses grant NYU degrees and are deeply related to one another, each using and building upon one another’s assets. While students may choose to complete the majority of their programs of study in one location, the campuses curricula are designed with mobility in mind — as are those of the global academic centers scattered around the globe.


NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi will be counted among the world’s great research universities, with a highly selective liberal arts and sciences college at its core. It is a center of innovative undergraduate and graduate education, and of distinctive scholarship, research, and artistic activity. Actively connected to NYU New York and its global sites, NYU Abu Dhabi embodies a new paradigm in
higher education for a global world integrated in Abu Dhabi society. It will help to establish the city of Abu Dhabi as a leading international hub of talent, ideas, and innovation.

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first global campus opened by NYU, and the first US degree granting campus in the middle east, and is a selective liberal arts college (4:1 student to faculty ratio), which is also part of a large research university, giving students access to outstanding faculty and research.  The NYU Abu Dhabi campus is located on Saadiyat Island and is a cultural center with NYUAD in the middle east.  The class of 2014 was admitted into: 13 Medical Schools, 23 Law Schools, 22 PhD programs, 25 Master program including schools such as: Ben Gurion, Boston University, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, Oxford, Stanford, Sciences Po, Toulouse School of Economics, University of British Columbia, UCLA, Yale.


NYU Shanghai

NYU Shanghai was previously a study abroad site for NYU since Fall 2006.  This fall Shanghai will enroll the third class of full-time, degree seeking students and is the first American university with independent registration status in China - the first US school granting US degrees in China.  The student body at NYU Shanghai is unique with half of the class consisting of Chinese national students and half representing students from all over the world; 50% Chinese, 25% US, 25% International (not Chinese / not US).  Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city that is walking-friendly, home to parks, museums, shopping, entertainment, and world-class cuisine as well as a central transportation hub for traveling throughout China.

The NYU Shanghai campus is located in Lujiazui (Loo-gee-AH-zway) section of Pudong which is the center of the new financial district in Shanghai; the part of the city that houses the famous skyline, as seen in many promotional pictures of Shanghai.  The campus is located inside of the Shanghai free zone, a center for free commerce and free exchange of ideas, over open internet communications.  Our students get a world class NYU education while simultaneously engaging in this dynamic environment.

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