President Bharucha Reforms President's Council

March 05, 2013

To: Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni of The Cooper Union
From: President Jamshed Bharucha

Given the many important issues and challenges facing higher education institutions across the nation and The Cooper Union, and the need for strategic approaches to continuing and developing the most appropriate programs to meet 21st century educational and societal priorities, I recently decided to re-form the President’s Council at The Cooper Union. The President’s Council will bring together thought leaders of various backgrounds to examine these issues and to offer their perspectives. Forging new educational collaborations, facilitating partnerships with the remarkable institutions which define our great city,  and developing strategies to connect The Cooper Union to the broader community, the President’s Council will serve as a critical resource to the President in advancing Cooper as a leader in higher education.

We have attracted a broad range of leaders in business, civic life, and advocacy, higher education officials and alumni to comprise the President’s Council. To view the membership click here.  This group will join a conversation about the compelling issues confronting colleges and universities, including access, academic priorities, online learning, global initiatives, and financial sustainability.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.