5/18/2014 8:32:33 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Essay: Education meets economic development
The State University of New York’s College of Nanoscale Science and
Engineering (CNSE) recently announced Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval of
its Start-Up NY plan, including the CNSE Smart System Technology and
Commercialization Center (STC) in Canandaigua. In an April 29 article, Democrat and Chronicle staff
writer Tom Tobin smartly reports that such designation is “mutually
beneficial for businesses and New York’s colleges and universities.”
This is an understatement.
As a result of Start-Up NY, the benefits and opportunities that are available to New York students are unlimited.
required by Start-Up NY, SUNY CNSE is first and foremost an academic
institution. What fuels its growth and allows its world-class education
is its unique university-industry partnership model.
It is an
ideal embodiment of the governor’s bold Start-Up NY program, which
brings the practice of co-locating leading technology companies at
college campuses to scale statewide in order to leverage the latest
innovations with groundbreaking research.
The presence of industry
researchers and university faculty in close proximity enables them to
build on each other’s skills and experience in a mutually beneficial
fashion, while catalyzing free exchanges of new ideas that would lead to
further refinement of scholarly pursuits, educational programs and