Technion and The Big Apple: Innovation At Its Core


Excitement is building as the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute prepares to move to its new home on the nearly completed Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

In preparation for the big event, Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie was in New York City in January to share his vision for the innovative educational experiment. He and Ron Brachman, the new Director of the Jacobs Institute, were welcomed at a special event headlined by Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General for Israel in New York. Additionally, President Lavie and Dan Huttenlocher, Founding Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech, joined leaders from New York City’s top universities to speak at a Power Breakfast panel hosted by the Association for a Better New York.

The Jacobs Institute’s inaugural class graduated in May 2016, marking the first time an international university had ever granted an accredited degree on US. soil. Many of the 12 talented digital alumni have already launched tech startups. The second graduating class is well underway — engaged in innovative projects. Click on the video below to learn more about this impressive cohort.

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News & Updates

Meet the Next Graduating Class of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell institute

This video, the first in a series, features key Jacobs Institute staff on why the state-of-the-art Cornell Tech campus being built on Roosevelt Island will be a game-changer. We also meet several diverse students, who we will follow through their graduation in May 2017.
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Ambassador Dani Dayan Welcomes the Technion to NYC

Two events in New York City, one headlined by the Consul General of Israel and the other hosted by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), helped kick-off a banner year for the Technion.
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Inaugural Class of Jacobs Students Graduate

We’re proud to announce the first graduating class of the Jacobs Institute in May 2016. The Connective Media students were part of a one-of-a-kind master’s program combining disciplines of technology, media, sociology and business.
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AOL and Cornell Tech’s Announce Connected Experiences Lab

AOL and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech announced they had developed “immersive recommendations technology” that would let users opt in to use their personal digital information from one platform to better inform content recommendations for them on another platform. Read more here »

History of the Jacobs Institute

learnLearn About the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

The Jacobs Institute is the heart of Cornell NYC Tech. Here’s exactly what the institute is and how it will impact NYC and the world.
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NYC Press ReleaseRead New York City’s Official Press release

Get the official transcript of Mayor Bloomberg’s December 19 2011 press conference announcing the Technion-Cornell partnership as the winner of the NYC Tech Campus Competition.
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courtshipRead About the Courtship

Learn about how the Technion and Cornell, two exciting, world-class institutions, came to partner together for the NYC Tech Campus Competition.
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Construction Commences at Cornell Tech, Home of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand for the event and to announce a $100M gift to Cornell Tech.

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San DiegoRead About the Historic Naming Gift Made to Create the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

The $133 Million gift, announced at City Hall, will help support curriculum initiatives, faculty and graduate students, and industry interactions in a two-year graduate program
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Read about the $5 Million Gift from the Sandy Weill Family Foundation and Joan and Sanford Weill.

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Useful Links

Visit the Official Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute Website

Get up-to-date information and the latest news regarding the Jacobs Institute.
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Learn about the Jacobs Institute’s M.S. in I.S. (Connective Media)
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Learn about the Jacobs Institute’s M.S. in I.S. (Health Tech) Learn More »

Cornell Tech News & Views

Students Travel to Israel for a Different Kind of Boot Camp
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Understanding Connective Media Learn More »

Meet the Technion Innovators

These Innovators are a distinct collection of Technion scientists, alumni and thought leaders who strive every day to create promising new technologies, successful products and start-ups.

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