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New York Institute of Technology: Building bridges with China

Jan 30, 2021


With campuses in the US, Canada, and China, New York Institute of Technology (New York Tech) remains committed to providing a top-class, relevant education to all its students, despite the challenges that stem from the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.

In hard-hit Canada, New York Tech in Vancouver has exerted significant effort to ensure the physical health and mental wellbeing of its students and faculty. To meet that objective, the non-profit institution has created new distance learning platforms for instruction and has allowed only 5% of its faculty and staff to work onsite and conduct virtual classes.

In the past three years, New York Tech, founded in 1955, was admitted into the AITU (Association of Independent Technological Universities) and has moved up 132 positions in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings.

New York Tech President and CEO Henry C. "Hank" Foley

“We are very proud of that achievement. We made sure that we sustained our jump, and I think next year we will go higher again,” said New York Tech President and CEO Henry C. “Hank” Foley, who joined the university in 2017.

Aside from delivering quality education, New York Tech also provides significant measurable benefits at all its campus locations. In its home base in New York, the university contributed $634.1 million to the local economy and made investments in research valued at $23.3 million in 2019. It is committed to expanding its research impact to $40.3 million by 2025, positioning the university to continue to greatly improve its reputation and status.

New York State’s talent pool also benefits from the more than 1,500 students that graduate each year from New York Tech. Because of the improving rankings of the university and abundant work opportunities in the United States, many of New York Tech’s students are able to pursue a career in their chosen field, earn a good salary, and even pursue postgraduate studies with minimal difficulty.

As of 2020, the university has enrolled nearly 9,000 students from nearly 90 countries, an indication that it recognizes the benefit of nurturing a multicultural student body and faculty to strengthen its programs.

Canada has remained a preferred destination for its international students, many of whom opt to stay in the country and later apply to become naturalized citizens. Approximately 15% of the Vancouver campus’ foreign students are of Chinese descent.

New York Tech students can benefit from a rich educational experience that includes academic support, student clubs and organizations, and co-curricular and cultural activities in the exciting city of Vancouver.

“We are very welcoming to Chinese students here. We’re also very happy about the fact that more and more students from China now appear to take up residence in Vancouver and to seek their education from New York Tech in Vancouver,” said Foley.

China has always been a strategic market for the university. In fact, it partnered with a recruitment company started by an alumna in China, who finds and identifies suitable candidates for the university’s academic programs.

“China has been quite important to us, and that continues to thrive and blossom,” said Foley about a joint MBA program with a Chinese university that has been ongoing for the past 20 years.

“If students are looking for a targeted professional education and for a university with a longstanding tradition of working with Chinese students, then New York Institute of Technology is the ideal choice. We pride ourselves in preparing people for professional careers, and we’d love to tell them more about us,” he added.

Education in the Commonwealth 2021 was prepared for and originally printed in Forbes China magazine.

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