New York University opens new global site in Sydney

27 August 2012

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner welcomes students Haleigh Kent-Bryant and Jon Bademian at New York University's new global site in Sydney.

New York University (NYU) opened its new global site in Sydney on August 27, further reinforcing NSW's reputation as a world-class location for international education.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner welcomed the first intake of 22 students and toured NYU's newest facility inside the heritage-listed Science House building in The Rocks. 

Student numbers are expected to grow to more than 150.

"I am thrilled that NYU, one of the world's most prestigious and respected learning and research institutions, has established its new Australian global site in Sydney's historic Science House," Mr Stoner said.

"NYU's presence in The Rocks is a boost for the historic precinct, with yet another iconic building from Sydney's past gaining new life.

"It will also boost our visitor economy, with NYU promoting Sydney to its students, and their family and friends, as Australia's largest and most cosmopolitan city.

"Securing the NYU global site has created jobs for NSW, with both academic and administrative staff recruited locally.

"The NSW Government, through NSW Trade and Investment, has a strong relationship with NYU having provided introductions, support and on-going project assistance throughout the process. In addition, ongoing discussions are occurring with various parts of NYU in relation to other areas of potential collaborations including research, finance and the arts."

NYU President John Sexton, who met with Mr Stoner in New York last year, said this was a very important day for higher education collaboration between the two cities.

"Institutions of higher education need to provide their students a truly global education to prepare them for the 21st century. Sydney – with its global prominence, vibrant culture, and marvellous history – was a natural choice for an academic site to be part NYU's global network. Our students and faculty look forward to being there to pursue their studies and research, and we are thrilled to be part of the Sydney community, which has been so welcoming," Dr Sexton said.

The first intake of 22 students, from NYU's Manhattan campus, will spend 15 weeks in Sydney.

Eight courses are currently being offered: Environmental Journalism, Indigenous Art, Eco-Criticism, Anthropology of Indigenous Australia, Creative Writing, Global Media, World Literature, and Australian Studies.