Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Try NYU Polytechnic University for great part-time programs if you live in New York City

The Polytechnic University (www.poly.edu) merged with New York University to form NYU Poly. With this, one of the oldest American Universities has merged with another well endowed university of higher learning. The reason I or you should like to go to NYU Poly is because it is situated in the heart of NYC in Brooklyn and the emphasis is on incubating companies. I personally like their MS in Accelerated Management Technology (http://www.poly.edu/amot) and MS in Biomedical Engineering (http://www.poly.edu/academics/programs/biomedical-engineering-ms) programs. The MS in Biomedical Engineering program draws a lot of expertise from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and currently has research going on in the areas of tissue culture, telemetry and neuro-robotics. Both programs are offered at their Brooklyn location in the Metrotech center. Another interesting program that is tailor made for entrepreneurs is the MS in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship. Comparing the two, MS in Biotechnology and MS in Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship (http://www.poly.edu/academics/programs/biotechnology-and-entrepreneurship-ms/compare), I find that the latter MS is more designed toward people who want to incubate companies in the Biomedical area. Why is this important? New York City, greatly hit by the financial downturn, is slowly trying to become a city of diverse businesses. Therefore, financing for clean tech and green tech companies has vastly improved. There are Biomedical applications that can be used in Clean Tech areas. NYC ACRE (http://www.poly.edu/business/incubators/nyc-acre), one of the incubators funded by NYC houses companies such as SyntheZyme (http://www.nycacre.com/portfolio/index.php) which is a merger of Biomedical and Energy disciplines. If you want to be part of the exciting NYU start-up scene, I recommend a degree at NYU Poly. Courses can be taken at NYU's campuses in Manhattan as well and financial aid is available for part-time programs as well. As you all probably know by now, I always look for the availability of financial aid and scholarships in the programs I research.
For people who are short on time or who want to gain some additional skillsets, NYU Poly offers Certificate programs as well. Some of their Certificate Programs I find relevant to tomorrow's careers are:

One other interdisciplinary program I like at NYU Poly is the Master of Engineering (M.Engg.) in Wireless Innovation (http://www.poly.edu/academics/programs/interdisciplinary-studies-engineering-wireless-innovation-me). Wireless and mobile applications are growing every day. I appraise a lot of these companies and find that revenue growth rates are healthy. If you want to be part of this industry, this may be the right program for you. What I find extraordinary about NYU Poly is the fact that they seem to have developed very relevant curriculum for tomorrow's careers. Most of their part-time programs also come at affordable costs, a big plus in NYC.

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