The Italian Academic Center has been inaugurated in New York City, a new space in the heart of the Cornell Tech campus that will host innovation projects and training and research initiatives promoted by three of the most famous and prestigious Italian universities: Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna,University of Rome Sapienza and University of Naples Federico II.
The Italian Academic Center has been officially opened by the rectors Francesco Ubertini (University of Bologna), Eugenio Gaudio (Sapienza University of Rome) and Gaetano Manfredi (University of Naples Federico II) together with Cornell Tech’s Dean Greg Morrisett.
The new space is housed within the Tata Innovation Center, a structure designed and built according to sustainable principles and technologies that is part of the campus of Cornell Tech, the “vertical Silicon Valley” on Roosvelt Island born from the collaboration between Cornell University in New York (USA) and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa (Israel).
Development of innovative start-ups and entrepreneurial initiatives related to academic research, as well as new joint training activities will be the actions that will animate the center. The rich American academic ecosystem and the industrial systems involved will allow the three Italian universities to create new ways of collaboration, stimulating the emergence of multidisciplinary projects and promoting public and private partnerships, also thanks to the collaboration with local communities, with a particular focus on innovation and sustainability.
The impulse to reach this goal came from the H2CU – Honers Center for Italian Universities, an association that has long contributed to academic collaboration between Italy and the United States by organizing in New York a series of summer schools involving Italian and U.S. universities.
The Italian Academic Center is the next step in this journey: an unprecedented opportunity for the Italian academic community to disseminate and promote the activities, ideas and proposals of the universities involved, while opening up to the rich academic, social and industrial context of the United States.