Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White with a land grant from the New York State Senate, the university was created to support education and research in all fields of knowledge. It opened to the public in 1868. Its main campus remains in Ithaca, New York, with smaller campuses in New York City and one medical campus in Qatar.
Cornell's undergraduate schools include those that are private and those that are part of Cornell's public land-grant status. Those in the private category include Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Hotel Management, the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, the College of Engineering, and the graduate and professional schools of College of Veterinary Medicine, the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, and Cornell Law School, all in Ithaca, as well as the Weill Cornell Medical College based in Manhattan. The public colleges at Cornell include the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and the College of Human Ecology.
The Ithaca campus of Cornell University is also home to the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, which is home to a Japan collection, the second largest collection in their Asian department. Its pieces range from Jomon- and Yayoi-period works, through the Edo-period and up to artists active today.
Part of the Center for International Studies, the East Asia Program provides instructional, faculty, and student support in a variety of ways. They also provide funding for conferences and speaker series, as well as supporting 12-15 visiting scholars through their Associates-in-Research (AiR) program.
The Morgan Garden, housed at the Johnson Museum of Art, was built in 2011 as part of the Museum extension. The designer of the garden, Marc Peter Keane received his initial training in Landscape Architecture at Cornell University and mastered Japanese gardening during years of residence in Kyoto. The Morgan Garden is designed in the karesansui (枯山水) style.
Marc Keane also maintains a website with images of this project, which can be found here.
One of the nation's largest programs for Southeast Asia, Cornell's SEAP is a National Resource Center by the US Department of Education. The program offers advanced foreign language training in such languages as Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer (Cambodian), Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. SEAP also provides area and international knowledge in the liberal arts and applied discipline focused on Southeast Asia. Other major Southeast Asia Centers profiled in these guides include those at Kyoto University and the profile underdevelopment for at EFEO in Paris.
SEAP also does a large amount of work with Southeast Asian puppetry and musical instruments, available through their Outreach program.
18 faculty and staff teach Japan-focused courses at Cornell University.