One of the most inspiring visions I have seen in the last few years is the idea of creating a second Stanford campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City. There is an update about the proposal and Stanford’s apparent competition with Cornell (and maybe Columbia and City College of New York) in today’s New York Times.
Led by Stanford President John Hennessey, the plan calls for creating a second fully functioning graduate school that would help drive STEM leadership in New York City and from New York around the world.
Stanford’s vision and reflections can be found on the Stanford + NYC site.
This proposal has challenged my thinking about the importance of place and local culture that surround learning institutions and has also got me thinking about the importance of branding, namely that Stanford and Mayor Bloomberg see benefits to tying their respective brands together in a partnership that just would have been so hard to imagine even 10 years ago. New global alliances are obviously emerging in all kinds of corporate settings, it’s fascinating to see this emerge in academic settings.