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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.

As 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 interdisciplinary undertakings.

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