The latest in a series of major educational and cultural institutions moving to Lower Manhattan, the new Center will open in September 2004. It will house the School's burgeoning international affairs programs, which include a newly launched Master of Science in Global Studies, professional certificate programs in Non-Governmental Organizations and in International Affairs, and a diverse public events program, similar in scope to those formerly hosted by the Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs.
The Woolworth Building's 125-seat conference center and numerous large classrooms will provide a large venue convenient to residents of Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey for the Center's popular daytime and evening public events. Among the highlights from last year were a major speech by former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, a series of conversations with New York Times correspondents, a film series co-sponsored by Cineaste magazine and discussions with leading academics and international affairs professionals.
"This new NYU Center for Global Affairs will be a focus for study and discourse about important international issues right in the heart of Lower Manhattan. It will form part of an exciting revival of diverse cultural resources in the area," said Dean Finney.
"The Center's new location and programs fit in well with its neighbors in the world of banking, finance, law and insurance -- key New York industries that are major players on the international stage."
New Yorkers are more interested than ever in learning about issues and careers related to global affairs, explained Dean Finney, and the SCPS facility in the Woolworth building is uniquely suited to accommodate this growing interest.
"The international affairs programs at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies have earned a reputation for providing high quality, in-depth education on global issues, a fact attested to by exponential growth in our courses, certificate programs and public events in the past few years," said Dean Finney.
The number of students in the School's certificate programs as well as its dozens of non-degree courses, covering such areas as world politics, international economics, law and diplomacy, has more than doubled since 1999 to almost 1,000 enrollments in the Fall 2003 semester alone. And paralleling these enrollments are the 2,400 New Yorkers who have attended the conversations, lectures and panel discussions at the Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs in the last two years.
Vera Jelinek, director for the Center for Global Affairs, said, "The Center focuses on the most challenging and critical international issues facing us today. Our new location will provide Manhattan-area residents and employees with greater access to credit and non-credit courses and free public events featuring high level officials from the UN, non-governmental and government agencies, international lawyers, journalists and business people. Our unique approach -- combining practical experience with theoretical knowledge -- equips students and guests with the skills needed to cope with the complexities of current global challenges."