The importance of a research university to creating a sci-tech economy

New York does not have a top-ranked applied science research and graduate school, despite its 630,000 students. Without that, it has fallen behind the Bay Area, Boston and other regions in its efforts to attract new high-tech companies — and the jobs they create.

via Stanford asked to consider an engineering campus in New York City – San Jose Mercury News.

NYC is seeking to have Stanford University open up a campus in NYC. 18 other universities are also considering the opportunity. The program would provide Masters and PhD degrees in technical and business fields.

As noted repeatedly in economic studies over the past 40 years, the lack of a comprehensive research university has limited Spokane’s potential for achieving success in science and technology.

Invariably someone will tell me, “But Spokane has 5 colleges!!!! What’s the problem!!!!” The problem is explained here, here and here.

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