Google donates office space to Cornell-Technion

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Google will donate office space in New York to the new applied science graduate school of Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Google CEO Larry Page and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the partnership May 21 at a news conference at the company’s New York headquarters.

The high-tech firm will provide 22,000 square feet of space in a temporary arrangement designed to help the school fulfill its promise of beginning classes this fall.

The joint venture between Cornell and the Haifa-based Technion beat a bid by Stanford University, the alma mater of Page and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Citing Google, the New York Times reported that Cornell will be responsible for most of the costs of operating in the Google building and that the program has to be out by the fall of 2017, when the school’s state-of-the-art Roosevelt Island campus is scheduled to open. — jta