UAlbany opening 1st emergency preparedness college in U.S.

University of Albany President Robert Jones applauded the announcement of the creation of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity. | University of Albany

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to create a College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University of Albany on Thursday.

Cuomo pledged $15 million to create the “first-in-the-nation security college,” adding it would be located at the Harriman Campus adjacent to the University of Albany.

The university was chosen because of its educational and research programs, its emergency management and preparedness training initiatives, its experts on homeland security, and for its statewide strategic alliances.

"We laud Gov. Cuomo for his vision to set an example for the rest of the nation with this endeavor, and are pleased to leverage our expertise to help New York get ready for the challenges that face our state and our country," Robert Jones, president of the University at Albany, said. "No other New York State university has the range of expertise, programs, facilities and personnel dedicated to training, research and education in emergency preparedness, homeland security and cyber security.”

The university said employment in cybersecurity is expected to increase by approximately 650,000 employees over the next 10 years, and the new college will help support New York's public and private sectors. Students enrolled in the college will “learn by doing” due to the close proximity of the state's major homeland security and emergency management assets, the university said.

UAlbany has an enrollment of approximately 17,300 students working toward 118 undergraduate majors and minors, and 138 graduate programs.