At a time in academia when so much divides us, we need to remember the power of our collective innovation when we come together – across cities, countries, and even continents. Cornell Tech is a prime example of collaboration between academic institutions on opposite sides of the world. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Israel Cidon, Director of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, to talk about the importance of international partnerships in catalyzing scientific advancement.

Throughout my career in both the private and public sectors, I’ve learned that collaboration is key to success. In our conversation, Israel showed me that the same is true at Cornell Tech.

Michael: You’ve been such an incredible ambassador for Israeli innovation and technology throughout your career, and you’re now serving as Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. I’d love to hear more about this groundbreaking partnership.

Israel: Thank you for the kind words, Michael. It’s hard to believe how much Cornell Tech has accomplished in a little more than a decade. In 2010, New York City took a bold step in transforming S.T.E.M. education, seeking proposals from prestigious institutions around the world for a new or expanded applied sciences and engineering campus. Cornell University and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology decided to combine our globally-renowned research prowess and partner on a proposal.

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This article was written by American Technion Society CEO Michael Waxman-Lenz.