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May 28 (Bloomberg) -- Cornell University’s fledgling technology campus in New York City is seeking partnerships with other educational institutions and businesses in the city to attract global talent, leaders of the school said.

Cornell Tech’s first matriculating class of about 11 students began last fall, and the planned 2 million square-foot campus on Roosevelt Island will eventually serve more than 2,000 students. It will take decades to complete, Vice President Cathy Dove said last night at an event sponsored by the Economic Club of New York.

“The physical campus is really important to the success of the campus,” Dove said. New buildings will open in 2017, including a corporate center to be shared with technology companies looking to work alongside the university, she said.

In the meantime, classes are being held at Google Inc. offices in Chelsea. The $2 billion initiative is part of New York City’s efforts to lure more high-tech jobs and spur billions of dollars in economic activity by spinning off companies created through the campus. Cornell is developing the school with partner Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

The school has drawn a lot of attention from students abroad. Half of the inaugural computer science program is made up of international students, Dan Huttenlocher, Cornell Tech’s dean said at the event. They account for more than half of students in the connective media program, which combines studies in computer, information, and social sciences with the needs of media-related industries. An MBA program is also being offered.

“New York is the center of so many information-rich businesses,” Huttenlocher said. The campus wants to connect with “almost every academic institution in the city,” he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sonali Basak in New York at sbasak7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Lisa Wolfson at lwolfson@bloomberg.net Chris Staiti