Grove School of Engineering joins ‘Doctoral Degrees Without Borders’ program

Doctoral students at nine New York City area graduate engineering programs, including CCNY’s Grove School of Engineering, will soon be able to take courses at each other’s institutions without any additional tuition, as part of a new multi-school agreement.  

The Inter-University Engineering Doctoral Consortium (IUEDC), led by NYU Tandon School of Engineering, encourages PhD students to complement their primary program by taking courses of interest offered at different schools, providing access to specialty instruction and expertise that may not be available at their home universities. Students should be able to enroll in courses at other member institutions beginning in Fall 2024.

“As engineers, we have long known the importance of collaborating across departments and disciplines, in order to most effectively address the challenges facing our world,” said Jelena Kovačević, NYU Tandon Dean. “This consortium signals the collective dedication of the institutions to remove barriers to advanced learning and rigorous scholarship, helping unleash the full potential of all our students while enrolled and in their post-graduate pursuits.”

NYU Tandon began assembling the consortium earlier this year, taking cues from a similar arrangement between the NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science and eight other area universities. Peter Voltz, Vice Dean for Academics and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU Tandon, serves as the inaugural Consortium Coordinator. 

“Doctoral students are exceptionally focused and have often chosen their field of study in order to work with a specific faculty member,” said Voltz. “The consortium allows them to have access to a broader swath of courses across multiple universities.”

Grove School Dean Alexander Couzis said: “At the Grove School of Engineering at The City College, we value academic excellence, champion accessibility, and are committed to every student's success— and this is precisely what this consortium offers.”

Along with The City College of New York and NYU Tandon, other IUEDC participants are: 

  • Columbia Engineering; 
  • Cornell Tech;
  • New York Institute of Technology College of Engineering and Computing Sciences; 
  • Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science;
  • Rutgers University School of Engineering;
  • Stevens Institute of Technology Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Science; and
  • Stony Brook University College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

To participate, students must have completed at least one year at their primary institution, must be in good academic standing and must get written approval from home and host institutions. Students will be responsible to their host institutions for any lab fees.  

About the Grove School of Engineering 
Combining access and affordability with outstanding instruction and research, the Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York plays a key role in developing a diverse workforce to meet the technological challenges facing today’s world. Originally established as the School of Technology in 1919, it evolved to the School of Engineering in 1962 and was renamed The Grove School of Engineering in 2005 in honor of alumnus Andrew S. Grove, whose $26 million gift to the institution that year is the largest in CCNY’s history. A distinguished member of CCNY’s Class of 1960, Grove was a founder and former chairman of Intel Corp, one of the world’s leading producers of semiconductor chips. Today, the Grove School remains the only public school of engineering in the heart of New York City.  

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. Education research organization Degree Choices ranks CCNY #1 nationally among universities for economic return on investment. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi (now Lightcast) puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. This year, CCNY launched its most expansive fundraising campaign, ever. The campaign, titled “Doing Remarkable Things Together” seeks to bring the College’s Foundation to more than $1 billion in total assets in support of the College mission. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

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