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August 15, 2006

New York's colleges connect through 'Web portal'

New York’s public and private colleges have joined together to create a Web site that will foster partnerships between business and approximately 175 of New York's higher education institutions.

The Web site will help businesses contact institutions and researchers working on specific topics.

The Web site, which is expected to go live in early 2007, will be “a fast, relevant online resource to support efforts to connect, and grow industry clusters, emerging businesses, and non-profit organizations,” according to a press release from the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

"We applaud the leadership of our private colleges and universities and the State University of New York for coming together to create this portal,” said Daniel B. Walsh, president and CEO of The Business Council. “It makes sense from an educational perspective and it makes sense from a business perspective. It is a prime example of how we can leverage the strengths of our higher education institutions to enhance the state's overall economic development efforts."

New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R, Rockville Centre) secured $2.5 million in funding for the site in last year’s budget.

“The Independent Sector's collaboration with Senator Skelos and the State University will strengthen higher education's role as a solution for New York State and a catalyst for the state's economy,” said Abraham M. Lackman, CICU president. “As New York State seeks to develop its economic potential by investing in academic research and talent, policymakers and regional leaders have stated a desire to more directly connect businesses and higher education institutions in order to facilitate productive partnerships.”

“SUNY and CICU represent the interests of nearly one million college students in New York State, as well as hundreds of thousands of college faculty and staff, who are the best at what they do,” said SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan. “The portal will leverage New York's assets, by serving as an economic development engine and providing access to some the world's greatest research and academic institutions. SUNY and CICU share the vision to accomplish this goal.”

For more information, visit www.cicu.org/news/release.php?id=195.