Summary: Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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Polytech, NYU merger gets the okay
By Stephen Witt
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 9:29 PM EDT
The state Board of Regents last week approved the merging of Polytechnic University in Downtown Brooklyn and New York
University to become Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
The effective date is July 1, 2008.
The partnership will allow NYU to kick-start their dormant school of engineering and technology, which was disbanded in 1973.
On the other end, Polytechnic will now be able to utilize NYU's clout as a major American college to help increase their presence in
both Brooklyn and in higher education circles.
While both schools were established well over 100 years ago NYU in
1831 and Polytechnic in 1853 -- NYU has an enrollment of 50,917 while
Polytechnic has about 3,000 students.
"The students, faculty and administration are very excited about the new opportunities this dynamic partnership will provide," said
Polytechnic President Jerry Hultin.
"This perfect fit between two great universities will preserve and enhance Polytechnic's commitment to top-tier technology education
and research, contribute to the economic vitality of New York City and the nation and to our students' ability to compete in the 21st
century global economy," he added.
The state's approval came after some of Polytechnic's Board of Trustees and alumni alleged that the university had not adequately