President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF)
Created by Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, this fund provides support for Columbia faculty who wish to use the resources or facilities of the University’s eight Global Centers for teaching or research. In the first three years of the program, the Beijing Center has attracted more than 30 proposals. For 2013-2016, 12 projects headed by Columbian faculty and Chinese partners have been awarded.
Art & Culture Exchange Programming
Art and culture exchange program theme has become a top priority of the Beijing Center, due to its high popularity and minor political sensitivity. Sponsoring by newly-built relationship with the School of the Arts, Department of Music and other schools, as well as local partners, the Beijing Center has developed and held a series of brand activities, and built an active network in the art and film area
Aging & Public Health Programming
Public health policy, healthcare management and healthy aging have been a reoccurring theme for the Beijing Center. In the past five years, the Center has supported International Healthcare Leadership (IHL) Symposium: “Multidrug - Resistant Organisms: Effective Hospital Management and Policy, Treatment and Prevention”, In collaboration with International Healthcare Leadership (IHL), organized Urban Health Roundtable with Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) and Urban China Initiative, and hosted Global Health Symposium partnering with MSPH. The network including more 50 Columbia and local experts has been established, and will support the further initiatives in this area.
Sustainability and Climate Change Programming
Beijing Center’s work on sustainability has included close collaboration with Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy, led by Professor Jason Bordoff and David Sandalow, Beijing Energy Week, supported by Professor Manuel Pinho, Adjunct Professor at SIPA, as well as Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), led by Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs, in partnership with The Earth Institute of Columbia University, and global and local partners such as The Sustainability Consortium and China Center for International Economic Exchanges around joint research on sustainability policy framework, business practices, metrics and innovative solutions, specific to China’s unique economic development situation.
Columbia Beijing Speaker Series
In association with visits by prominent Columbia University faculty members and international academics, Beijing Center has organized a series of public talks, panel discussions and dialogues as an effective way of engaging more than 50 Columbia professors and local partners on diverse topics and many of the key issues surrounding development and policy in the China and the East Asia region.
The Beijing Center hosts various student programs throughout the year to engage Columbia undergraduate and graduate students, young scholars and alumni in China and provide exchange opportunities, including pre-departure orientation for new students, new student and alumni social gatherings, student workshops, the Graduate Students and Young Scholars Meeting Program organized in partnership with Columbia’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute as follows.
Columbia Global Scholars Program
The Beijing Center had co-held Columbia University Global Scholars Program (GSP) Summer Research Workshop from 2012 to 2014, partnering with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, enabling Columbia undergraduates to conduct a six-week in-country research study and workshop in subjects of international importance from a comparative perspective with China across several other locations that change yearly, through which provides students the opportunity to gain hands-on international research experience, in collaboration with Columbia faculty, in subjects of transnational importance from a comparative perspective across several regional locations. About 40 students joined the three workshops and had great feedbacks.
CEO and CU-GO Internship Programs
The Beijing Center has helped identify potential employers in China for undergraduates from Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program run by the Center for Career Education, and students from the School of International and Public Affairs from 2013, to enable Columbia's students to work and study in a global context. The Center helps schools and institutions on campus to find local internship opportunities, such as Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). The Center also hosted orientations and network gathering for students in CEO program and Columbia University Global Opportunities (CU GO) program to better adjust to local environment.
New Student Orientation Program
Partnering with Columbia University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CUCSSA) and the Columbia Alumni Association of Beijing, Beijing Center held orientation sessions for newly-admitted students from China each year, to help them better prepare for their arrival at Columbia, to give updated on campus news, and give a quick primer on NYC and the area around campus. Discussion sessions also provide opportunities for them to communication with their senior in the same program and learn more about the study information.
Graduate Student and Young Researchers Meeting (GYM)
Beijing Center has hosted several Graduate Students and Young Researchers (GYM) workshops and networking events for Columbia doctoral students conducting research in China, which aim to promote the research exchange among Ph.D. students and young scholars in Beijing. The event is co-sponsored and funded with the Weatherhead East Asia Institute.
Symposium: Student Literature Humanities Reading Salon
Beijing Center supported Symposium, a reading salon dedicated to promote cross-cultural reading of classical humanities texts through seminar discussions from 2014 to now. The humanities seminars organized Columbia students promoted Literature Humanities locally, one of the central pillars of the Core Curriculum of Columbia University.
Presidential Global Fellowship (PGF)
The PGF program, funded with a seed grant from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, covers the program fee associated with a Columbia global program, as well as a stipend to cover round-trip airfare and living expenses, for students to study in a location at or near one of the Columbia Global Centers. Beijing Center helped with relevant placement and provided administrative supports to the selected students.