MIT not submitting bid for New York tech school

MIT not submitting bid for New York tech school

MIT will not submit a bid of interest in response to the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s invitation to partner with the city to build a graduate school of applied science and technology. Patricia Richards, director of media relations at MIT, said that though the Institute has no current plans to apply, MIT considers New York’s initiative to be an important step: “We’ve spoken to them about being helpful to the effort, and they’ve been receptive,” Richards said.

The partnership would have been part of an initiative announced by New York in December to raise the city’s profile in science and technology by working with an existing university to build a graduate school on city property. Approximately 20 schools attended an information session hosted by the city in early February, and some universities have already publicly expressed interest in the project.

Currently, Purdue University has announced that it intends to submit a bid, while Stanford University is still in the process of evaluating the invitation.

MIT has existing partnerships with universities in Singapore, China, and Abu Dhabi.

—Deborah Chen