The investment from the global IT, consulting, and business solutions firm includes a gift for the first phase of capital development on the Cornell Tech campus — which opened in September — as well as support for technology research and the expansion of K-12 digital literacy programs in the city. In recognition of the gift, Cornell Tech's industry innovation center, which brings academia and industry together under one roof to share ideas and research on next-generation digital technologies, will be renamed the Tata Innovation Center.
TCS, which will be a tenant in the new center, also will collaborate with Cornell Tech faculty on cutting-edge research in human-computer interaction and cybersecurity and will partner with the school to promote the integration of computational expertise in K-12 public education, with a focus on girls, minorities, and other underserved groups. To that end, Cornell Tech will host TCS's Ignite My Future in School program for educators across all five boroughs, while TCS will offer its flagship education program, goIT, to students and schools served by Cornell Tech's K-12 initiative.
"The Tata Innovation Center will become a hub for New York's tech sector and a global icon for how academia and industry can collaborate to leverage technology for the greater good," said Cornell University president Martha E. Pollack. "Cornell trustee Ratan Tata ('59, '62) and the Tata family of companies have long supported innovation at Cornell; our new partnership with Tata Consultancy Services will drive innovation at Cornell Tech and help the campus reach its full potential for education, research, and societal impact."