WARWICK BIDS FOR SLICE OF BIG APPLE; Uni Aims to Set Up New York Campus
Byline: Martin Bagot
WARWICK University is bidding to set up a campus in the USA.
It is bidding to launch a science campus in New York and create a technology hub to rival the world famous Silicon Valley in California.
Warwick is up against 17 leading universities from the US, Europe and Asia in bidding to open the influential new campus.
New York's mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared the science campus would be a "gamechanger" for the city's economy. The city wants a research base to strengthen its technology industries in response to fears it is too reliant on banking, in the wake of the financial crash.
It is hoped the new campus will see the creation of the next Google or Facebook - both multibillion pound companies which began on university campuses.
Warwick University's vice chancellor Professor Nigel Thrift is currently in New York.
He said: "New York wants an applied science and engineering campus and that plays well to our particular strengths.
"We believe we can add value to this initiative through our experience in delivering strong successful applied science partnerships that bring together industry and academic researchers. …