NYU plans Abu Dhabi campus

Aug. 31, 2007 at 7:48 PM
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NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The Abu Dhabi government will be financing a branch of New York University in the emirate, a report says citing sources.

Though the university refused to make an official comment, people involved in the yearlong negotiations say the new campus will be full-fledged and headed by Mariet Westermann, who is currently the director of the school’s fine arts institute, The New York Times reported Friday.

During the talks, university representatives insisted the school follow the same non-discrimination policy in place at the New York campus, a source involved in the negotiations told the Times.

There are still concerns about whether elite students will want to attend the school, but top-flight faculty will be lured with financial incentives, the newspaper said.

Other universities have or are considering overseas expansions. Yale University, for example, is also in talks with Abu Dhabi about a potential art institute.

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