May 20, 2024
Albany, NY

During Visit to Ireland, Governor Hochul Announces SUNY Partnership With University College Cork to Advance Artificial Intelligence Research and Encourage International Collaboration in Education

During Visit to Ireland, Governor Hochul Announces SUNY Partnership With University College Cork to Advance Artificial Intelligence Research and Encourage International Collaboration in Education

Governor Hochul Directs the SUNY Collaborative Online International Learning Center to Partner With University College Cork – Program’s First Partnership With National University of Ireland System

Supports New York’s Efforts to Lead in Emerging Fields Such as Artificial Intelligence by Encouraging International Educational Collaboration

Additionally, SUNY Oneonta to Dedicate Resources to Help Integrate AI in the Classroom to Support International Education Through COIL

SUNY COIL Network Currently Includes 197 Institutions Across the Globe in 39 Countries, as Well as 35 SUNY Campuses and 8 CUNY Campuses

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Governor Kathy Hochul today announced plans to advance Artificial Intelligence research and encourage international collaboration in education with University College Cork during her visit to Ireland. The Governor directed the State University of New York Collaborative Online International Learning Center to partner with the University College Cork – the program’s first partnership with the National University of Ireland system. Almost 20 years after SUNY COIL’s inception, Governor Hochul will expand this successful program to encourage students and faculty to engage in collaborative, international teaching and learning opportunities while also expanding research and education in emerging fields like AI.

“For nearly 20 years, SUNY COIL has fueled international collaboration in education and helped students across disciplines access unique learning opportunities,” Governor Hochul said. “New York State is inviting University College Cork to become a partner through this program to encourage collaboration between faculty in Ireland and New York while expanding opportunities for SUNY students who are pioneering research in AI and other emerging fields right here in our state.”

SUNY’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Center currently partners with 197 institutions around the globe as well as 35 SUNY campuses and eight CUNY campuses. The COIL method creates equitable team-taught learning environments where faculty from two cultures work together to develop a shared project syllabus, emphasizing experiential and collaborative student learning.

As both SUNY and University College Cork continue to advance important educational opportunities and research in AI, a partnership between the institutions will encourage faculty and students to work together across countries to share and participate in instruction that fuels innovation across the SUNY COIL network.

Additionally, SUNY Oneonta, the home of SUNY COIL, will dedicate resources to advance the integration and utilization of AI in the classroom and bolster international education. These steps will help improve student experience in the classroom, spur innovation and improve lives.

Today’s announcements further advance New York State as a leader in AI by engaging the international community and encouraging collaboration across the field among the next generation of leaders. Earlier this month, Governor Hochul announced the new SUNY INSPIRE Center will scale AI research and scholarship to advance public good just weeks after securing $275 million in the FY 2025 Enacted Budget for Empire AI.

SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. said, “Under Governor Hochul’s direction, New York State is capitalizing on every opportunity to further artificial intelligence research and education—including through Empire AI, the SUNY INSPIRE Center, and growing investment and partnership across the state. This new agreement with University College Cork through SUNY COIL adds yet another layer of international partnership to contribute to this work.”

CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said, “As one of the world's most diverse university systems, CUNY is proud of its faculty who have fostered partnerships worldwide to develop courses using the Collaborative Online International Learning model. COIL courses allow our students to engage directly with peers and faculty abroad and prepare them to address global challenges that will require sustained collaboration across national borders and cultures.”

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, “Under Governor Hochul's leadership, New York State is focused on becoming a global hub for responsible and ethical AI innovation, research and development. By inviting this new collaboration between the University College Cork and the SUNY system, we can encourage further growth and advancements in this dynamic and emerging field.”

SUNY Oneonta President Alberto J.F. Cardelle said, “We are very excited about leveraging the power of COIL to create a transnational community of researchers and practitioners who can collectively continue to harness the power of AI in the generation and dissemination of knowledge. For us to completely harness the power of AI we must learn how to communicate about it, how to teach about it, and how to teach with it.”

University College Cork International Education Office Director Dr. Christopher Brown said, “Perhaps more than ever, Universities have a responsibility to offer students and staff opportunities to engage with different perspectives, cultures, and institutions. Beyond physical mobility, leveraging online technology can markedly scale up internationalisation. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiatives provide students and professors with expanded networks and new horizons. We are delighted to explore ways in which University College Cork can participate in this project.”

About the State University of New York

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