$15 million approved for new College of Emergency Preparedness
By Kassie Parisi
Feb 3, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently unveiled plans to create the nation’s first College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany. The school, to which Cuomo committed $15 million, is going to be located on the Harriman Campus, which is adjacent to UAlbany.
UAlbany was selected to house the school because of its already substantial research and educational programs. The university’s central location in the city of Albany was also a factor in the placement of the new school, according to a press release. The university already has partnerships with state agencies that are responsible for security. According to the same press release, the new school will also enable UAlbany to better utilize its existing relationship with the State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC), by providing training to the center, which is located in Oriskany. The school will also provide UAlbany with much needed classroom space.
According to the National Governors association report, cybersecurity employment is expected to rise by 650,000 employees in the next 10 years. The new school will provide students and researchers with an opportunity to enter this growing career field while also utilizing the hands on learning that the school will provide, which, consequently, will also lead to increased protection of New York.
“No other New York State university has the range of expertise, programs, facilities, and personnel dedicated to training, research and education in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cyber security,” said UAlbany President Robert Jones.