Amity Education Group Acquires 170-acre Campus in New York
MBA Blog / 21st October 2016
Amity has acquired a 170-acre waterfront campus from St. John’s University located in Oakdale, Long Island, New York. The property consists of 11 buildings with views of the Great South Bay. At the centre of the campus is the Georgian-style Bourne Mansion, built in 1897, which was the waterfront estate of Frederick Bourne, president of Singer Sewing Machine Co.
According to Dr Aseem Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity, “The Amity New York campus will be a platform for research collaboration, faculty and student exchange programs as well as innovation and entrepreneurship development between institutions in the US and India. The campus will act as a bridge allowing people and organisations to connect and communicate between the US, India and other countries. This includes the large Indian diaspora, which is keen to further its bonds with India.”
There were a large number of bidders for the property situated in a premium location in the US, close driving distance from JFK airport and with easy access by highway and train connectivity to Manhattan. As per St John’s representatives, Amity was selected as the buyer because of its strong education background, integrity of the group, and the vision to continue the facility as a global teaching and research facility.
This acquisition is the latest expansion by the Amity Group, which already has campuses in London, Dubai, Singapore, Mauritius, South Africa, India and a number of other countries. This may well be one of the largest entries of any international education provider into the U.S. “Amity is one of the few institutions in Asia to have the highly prestigious US regional accreditation from WASC, indicating that Amity understands and is aligned with quality standards expected by US regulators,” says Chauhan.
The Amity Education Group is the leading private non-profit education group of India, offering education from pre-nursery to PhD level with more than 150,000 students pursuing over 300 programs, campuses spread over 1200 acres, 10 University Campuses, 25 schools & pre-schools, 150 top-ranked institutions and 12 global campuses. With a strong focus on research and innovation, Amity University faculty have filed over 700 patents, are working on over 300 government funded projects and have developed over 1500 case studies. With a strong emphasis on employability, job placements, entrepreneurship promotion and leadership development, Amity Institutions are consistently ranked amongst the top in their respective areas.