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Aug 30 2013

President Guiliano Delivers State-of-the-Institution Address

New York, N.Y.  (August 30, 2013) ─  With improved academic quality and recognition of its global and domestic programs, high-level student achievements, growing research accomplishments, and recent endowment gains, New York Institute of Technology is well-positioned for success and future growth as it launches its academic and fiscal year, President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., said at yesterday’s convocation.
In his annual state-of-the-institution address, Guiliano said NYIT must work “at twice our normal speed” to fulfill its mission of providing career-oriented education, with access for qualified students, and pursuing applications-oriented research. A proposed 566-bed residence hall on the Old Westbury campus, data-driven plans for enrollment and financial aid, and an integrated communications and marketing strategy will help move NYIT forward, he said.
“We must be bold and nimble and smart, as we take up the noble cause of sharing and creating knowledge, and developing a generation of global citizens,” he said. “And at this moment of constant game-changers, we must do so with tech-company urgency. There are challenges galore but I am truly excited about opportunities within our reach.”
NYIT students and alumni are highly prepared for their careers, in large part because of the university’s emphasis on global and intercultural competency. Many classes emphasize global perspectives and teamwork to solve problems, much like leading companies around the world. 
“Our graduates have a head start in global competence and they’re worth more to employers,” he said, pointing to the growing movement toward additional international trade agreements that make global education a necessity. “They’re already developing the worldwide networks of friendship and trust, the ‘regimes’ of mutual understanding…We at NYIT have differentiated ourselves by getting out in front of global education. It is one of our strengths, and we are going to keep at it.”
NYIT’s dual degree programs and other degrees offered in Nanjing, Abu Dhabi, and Vancouver have recently received recognition and certifications from local ministries. About 1,300 international students will attend classes in New York this year and the number is expected to rise to 1,600 next year.
Among the highlights of the past year Guiliano mentioned were: re-accreditation of the university’s physician assistant studies and interior design programs; the student-led global competition for resilient design launched after Hurricane Sandy; NYIT’s recognition in recent rankings for educational return on investment; and athletic championship pursuits in tennis and basketball.
Guiliano also praised faculty for their research and their grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. In the area of development, he noted two recent million-dollar gifts and substantial growth in the school’s endowment. 
The continuing evolution of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, may provide NYIT with future opportunities, although Guiliano acknowledged that the topic needs more study.
“One reason MOOCs are here to stay is because of their free, open content,” he said. “The challenge is to shape learning processes to exploit and measure it.”
Guiliano noted that the proliferation of information access poses a challenge to academic experts and students alike.
“Now, infinite data is available at your fingertips,” he said. “Ignorance once met lack of information; now it means a bad choice of information. As educators, we must impart knowledge to our students and train them to select the best sources for themselves…This is the world we live in and as a global university we must embrace.”
Convocation 2013The convocation also included presentations of the Presidential Engagement Awards, designed to recognize superior faculty and staff efforts to engage students in learning, research and student life. Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., presented the following faculty members with awards: 
Associate Professor Richard Meyers and Assistant Professor Jim Martinez - Engaged Teaching and Learning by Full-Time Faculty 
Adjunct Associate Professor Lynn Rogoff – Engaged Teaching and Learning by Part-Time Faculty
Assistant Professor Raddy Ramos – Student Engagement in Research and Scholarship
Associate Professor Vesna Zeljkovic - Student Engagement in Global Education
John Hyde and Amy Bravo - Student Engagement by Professional Staff 
About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 13,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, more than 95,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit
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