2014 News


Strategies for Growth Project Issues Policy Brief on Economic Growth in Europe

December 10, 2014
Columbia's Center on Global Economic Governance has issued the first policy brief from its three-year project Strategies for Growth: The Changing Role of the State, a collaboration that will include three Columbia Global Centers – Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Beijing – and is partly funded by the President's Global Innovation Fund.

University Seeks Proposals for Third Round of President’s Global Innovation Fund

December 02, 2014
Columbia University has announced the third Request for Proposals for the President’s Global Innovation Fund, designed to provide support for faculty who would like to use the resources or facilities of one or more of the University’s eight Global Centers for teaching or research activities.

The Paris Center’s Reid Hall and Columbia Celebrate Golden Anniversary

December 01, 2014

On December 8, nearly 200 friends of Reid Hall, including current and former students, professors and staff, will gather to celebrate this golden anniversary.

See video and photo gallery from panel on India Beyond Technology and Yoga: The Power of Literature in a Globalizing World

October 28, 2014
Watch this fascinating conversation about the impact and agency of Indian literature in a global world.

Columbia’s Global Policy Initiative Publishes UN Report Overcoming Youth Marginalization

October 28, 2014
The 36-page report summarizes a two-day conference co-hosted by Columbia’s Global Policy Initiative and the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

Columbia Global Reports Sets Inaugural List (Publishers Weekly)

October 14, 2014

Columbia Global Reports, the new publishing venture based out of Columbia University headed up by Nicholas Lemann, has signed five authors for its first list, which launches Fall 2015.

PODCAST - Peter Harling on the Islamic State: Short-term tactics to face a long-term problem

October 14, 2014

Peter Harling is the Middle East Special Advisor at International Crisis Group. He has been based in the Middle East for the past 15 years, including Iraq, Syria and Egypt.

Writers of India a Moveable Fest

October 10, 2014
Four literary giants of India are coming to campus Oct. 27 as part of Writers of India, the second edition of the Columbia University – Bibliothèque nationale de France World Writers’ Festival.

Writers of India Festival: Columbia Alum Kiran Desai on her next book and her writing method (The Caravan)

September 25, 2014
At the Writers of India festival in Paris, the novelist Kiran Desai spoke to us about the progress of her next book, whose working title is The Loneliness of Sunny and Sonia. Her last was the novel Inheritance of Loss, published in 2006.

Globalization and Literature: Akeel Bilgrami, Vishakha Desai and Urvashi Butalia (The Caravan)

September 22, 2014
Columbia University Professors Akeel Bilgrami and Vishakha Desai with Urvashi Butalia discuss globalization and literature.

Prof. Richard Peña’s Take on State of Kenyan Film Industry (Daily Nation)

September 24, 2014
Film Professor Richard Peña's talk at the Nairobi Center covered by the Daily Nation newspaper.

Writers of India Festival: Stories and Videos from The Caravan

September 22, 2014

Stories, blogs and video from The Caravan of the World Writers' Festival: Writers of India held Sept. 17-21 in Paris at Columbia Global Centers | Europe.

Gallery: Governpreneurship

September 25, 2014
A former Saudi Arabian government minister discussed the book he co-authored after leaving office titled Governpreneurship: Establishing a Thriving Entrepreneurial Spirit in Government.

Video & Gallery: President of the Republic of Tunisia at World Leaders Forum

September 22, 2014

Click the image at right to watch a photo gallery of a World Leaders Forum program featuring an address by His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia, titled The Arab Spring and the Tunisia Initiative on Creating a Constitutional Court, co-sponsored by Columbia Global Centers | Middle East (Amman). See also story on his address published by Columbia Spectator.

Columbia Hosts Summit for Global Centers Directors

September 18, 2014
During this third annual directors' summit, the directors of the eight Columbia Global Centers met with partners and colleagues from across campus.

Columbia Among Top 20 Global Universities (BBC News)

September 16, 2014
The QS World University Rankings includes Columbia University on its list of top 20 global universities.

Mayange Millennium Village - A model for rural development in Africa

September 12, 2014
Mayange, Rwanda, is one of 14 Millennium Villages in ten African countries. Since the start of the Millennium Village Project in 2006, the village has undergone a radical transformation through the collaborative effort of the commity, the Government of Rwanda and the Project team, and can be viewed as a model for rural development.

Summer Programs in Focus at World Leaders Forum on Global Centers (Spectator)

September 15, 2014
Students, faculty, and administrators gathered at the Italian Academy to hear presentations on summer programs at the centers.

Paris Center Hosts Second World Writers’ Festival Sept. 17 to 21

September 05, 2014
The World Writers’ Festival: Writers of India will celebrate Indian literature and culture in an exciting five-day program that begins September 17 and includes readings, panel discussions, one-on-one conversations, film screenings, a musical concert, and an art installation.

Writers of India Festival: A Conversation Between Vishakha Desai and Paul LeClerc

September 05, 2014
Vishakha Desai and Paul LeClerc discuss the goals of the festival and its relationship to Columbia’s global effort.

Mumbai Center Leadership Changes

September 01, 2014
Dr. Nirupam Bajpai, who served as both the Director of the Mumbai Center and Senior Research Scholar for the Earth Institute, has stepped down from his role as Director as of September 1, 2014.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network Launches Education Initiative

August 26, 2014
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network is proud to launch SDSN.edu, a new flagship educational initiative offering free online courses on sustainable development.

Q and A: Julian Richardson, 2014 Global Scholar

August 21, 2014
Julian Richardson is one of the 14 undergraduate students who participated in the 2014 Global Scholars Program: Contemporary Cities of Eurasia—Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator, and Beijing.

Q and A: Wina Huang, 2014 Presidential Global Fellow

August 21, 2014
Wina Huang is one of the 20 Presidential Global Fellows and studied Business Chinese at Shanghai Jiaotong University and interned at Bank of China in summer of 2014.

Q and A: Mary Grigsby, 2014 Global Scholar

August 21, 2014
Mary Grigsby is one of the 14 undergraduate students who participated in the 2014 Global Scholars Program: Contemporary Cities of Eurasia—Berlin, Moscow, Ulan Bator, and Beijing.

Presidential Global Fellows Q and A: Margaret Elizabeth Self

August 18, 2014
Margaret is one of twelve first-year students in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and General Studies named 2014 Presidential Global Fellowships in April, 2014.

Amale Andraos Appointed Dean of Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

August 12, 2014

The next dean of the University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is Amale Andraos, an associate professor at the School and a member of the faculty steering committee of Columbia Global Centers | Middle East.

Beijing Center Director Interviewed on China Domestic Abuse Issues

August 11, 2014
Attitudes have changed in China about domestic abuse, says Joan Kaufman, director of Columbia Global Centers | East Asia, located in Beijing.

Studio-X NY Director Nicola Twilley: What Do Chinese Dumplings Have to Do With Global Warming? (New York Times Magazine)

August 05, 2014
Director of Studio-X NY Nicola Twilley writes on the climate-change impact of China's rapid growth of its food refrigeration chain.

From Berlin to Beijing: Columbia Global Scholars

July 14, 2014
The journey began with a boat tour in Berlin, then six days and nights on train #44 of the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Moscow to Ulaan Baatar, and three days of exploring Mongolia.

Rio Center Director Trebat on Brazil’s Success Hosting World Cup (Bloomberg)

July 14, 2014
“FIFA owes Brazil an apology, because they made some very harsh and nasty comments for months and now they’re all saying it was a big success,” Trebat said by telephone. “For the Olympic Games I think the lesson is well-learned. I think it will take a lot of the heat off Rio.”

Rio to Fund $1.75M for Research by Columbia and Rio Professors

July 07, 2014
The Government of Rio de Janeiro has chosen 15 research projects with nearly $2 million in funds for university professors from Columbia and the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Provost Announces Faculty Winners of 2014 President’s Global Innovation Fund

June 23, 2014
The 13 projects receiving grants were selected from 53 proposals by a review committee of senior faculty.

Professor Safwan Masri Interviewed on Arab Education and Economy (Al-Shorfa)

June 19, 2014
"Unfortunately, many educational institutions in the Arab world grant diplomas but do not provide students with the life skills they need to enter the labour market," he told Al-Shorfa.

Beijing Center Hosts Panel on Sustainable Urbanization

June 09, 2014

Columbia Global Centers | East Asia hosted a public panel with Jeffrey Sachs titled “Learning Lessons from Sustainable Urbanization in China and Encouraging Progress through Sustainable Development Goals.”

Columbia Undergrads Exploring Ecology in Mumbai

June 06, 2014
Columbia Global Centers | South Asia is now hosting 10 students in the Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates Program in India.

Mumbai Center Director on Newly-elected Prime Minister (Indian Republic)

June 05, 2014
Director Nirupam Bajpai says many people don't understand Narendra Modi very well, but says he knows how to get things done.

Mumbai Center Director Addresses Press Conference on the New Indian Government’s Agenda

June 05, 2014

Nirupam Bajpai says India’s growth and development strategy needs to focus on one key requirement – to create large scale  job opportunities, year-on-year, across the country.

Director Bajpai Speaks on the Challenges of - and Education for - Sustainable Development

May 24, 2014
Director Nirupam Bajpai said the world's priority must now be not only on growth, but on the triple bottom line of growth, equity/inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The sustainability challenge will occupy India and the world for decades, not just for years.

Class of 2014: First NROTC Grad Since ’73 Considers Summer in Jordan One of the Highlights of her Education (Columbia News)

May 19, 2014

Abigale Wyatt used her Arabic last summer in Jordan with Columbia's Summer Ecosystem Experiences for Undergraduates, a partnership between the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability and Columbia Global Centers | Middle East.

Columbia Professors Help Illuminate the Crisis in Ukraine (Columbia News)

April 23, 2014

Columbia’s faculty have produced a stream of opinion pieces and blog posts for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications.

The Complexities of Cross-Border Engagement (InsideHigherEd)

April 15, 2014
Columbia University has received praise for its Global Centers approach, a hybrid model of foreign outposts that serve as study and research hubs.

Columbia College Names 12 Freshmen First-Ever Presidential Global Fellows

April 14, 2014
The Presidential Global Fellowship 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.

Read Daily Blog Posts on Elections in India

April 12, 2014
Blogger Rupali Bansode is a program assistant and logistics coordinator at the Columbia Global Centers | South Asia, which is located in Mumbai, India.

World’s Largest Democracy at Work in India’s Elections

April 09, 2014
Over the next five weeks, 814.5 million people—almost three times the population of the United States—will vote to elect India’s 16th Lok Sabha, or Lower House of Parliament, in the largest democratic exercise in the world.

Al Jazeera journalists still jailed in Egypt (Columbia Journalism Review)

April 08, 2014
As part of a global demand for the immediate release the Al Jazeera staffers, panelists discussed the implications the journalists’ detention has on free speech in Egypt and around the world.

Professor Ira Deutchman Connects with Istanbul’s Film Scene

April 01, 2014
Columbia University's School of the Arts Film Program Chair and Professor Ira Deutchman enjoyed connecting with Turkey’s up-and-coming film scene when he visited Istanbul from March 19 to 22.

Growth of the Global Economy to be increasingly driven by three of the BRICS: China, India and Brazil, says Mumbai Center Director

March 30, 2014
Over the next seven to 10 years, China will be joined by India and Brazil as the leading players of the world economy, Nirupam Bajpai told a audience at an event in Mumbai organized by the Tata Consultancy Services.

Columbia Hosts UN Panels on Global Youth Issues

March 26, 2014
The event was organized by Columbia’s Global Policy Initiative and the United Nations and featured UN officials with youth activists and leaders from around the world.

Professor Sheldon Pollock Lecture: Diversity is the Essence of Indian Culture

March 26, 2014
Professor Sheldon Pollock spoke in Mumbai on the question "What is Indian Knowledge Good For?" as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series of Columbia Global Centers | South Asia.

FAPERJ and Columbia University sign partnership to foster research in Brazil

March 25, 2014
The agreement brings an investment of about $1.8 million to support research in education, sustainable development, public health and other related areas.

Lecture: The failure of education and the current state of the Arab world, by Professor Safwan Masri

March 25, 2014
The current crisis in the Arab world is directly linked to the long-term, historic failure of education in the Middle East, and will impact the future peace and prosperity in the region following the Arab spring, said Professor Safwan Masri.

Global Hubs (Inside Higher Ed)

March 12, 2014
Inside Higher Ed profiles the progress of Columbia Global Centers since its launch five years ago.

Mumbai Center Director Underscores Importance of Investing in Health to Promote Economic Development

March 14, 2014
Extending the coverage of crucial health services, he said, including a relatively small number of specific interventions, to India’s and the world’s poor could save millions of lives each year, reduce poverty, spur economic development, and promote global security.

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation to launch Studio-X Johannesburg

March 10, 2014
The Studio-X Global Network will add a location in Johannesburg (South Africa): Studio-X Johannesburg.

President Bollinger Announces Columbia Global Freedom of Expression and Information Project (Columbia News)

March 05, 2014

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, a noted First Amendment scholar, has established the Columbia Global Freedom of Expression and Information Project and has named Agnès Callamard, a distinguished human rights advocate who was director of the organization ARTICLE 19, as executive director of the Project.

Director of Mumbai Center Speaks on the Challenges of the Public Health in India

March 04, 2014
Nirupam Bajpai, Director, Columbia Global Centers | South Asia delivered a guest lecture on 15 Feburary, 2014 at the Giri Institute of Development Studies (GIDS) on the challenges of service delivery in the public health sector in India.

Registration Deadline Looms for World Congress, Hosted in Jordan

March 03, 2014
The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, in collaboration with the International Economic Association, will host the IEA’s Seventeenth World Congress.

Columbia Business Students to Explore Start Up Culture in Istanbul

February 28, 2014
Exploring Turkey's Start Up Culture: Columbia Business School Global Immersion Course

Professors win global center grants to do research in Chile (Spectator)

February 21, 2014

This fund, implemented by the Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Santiago), is aimed at research collaboration and joint projects between faculty and research scientists at Columbia and their counterparts in Chilean Universities.

New Columbia publication to focus on underreported global issues (Spectator)

February 20, 2014

A new Columbia publication aims to shed light on unknown or underreported issues around the world, featuring articles from prominent journalists and academics.

Former Journalism Dean Nicholas Lemann to Edit Newly Created Columbia Global Reports (Columbia News)

February 18, 2014

Under Lemann’s direction, Columbia Global Reports will work closely with other University initiatives, such as Columbia Global Centers and the Committee on Global Thought, and will draw upon the deep expertise available across the University’s schools, institutes and centers.

Global Migration Web Conference Connects Experts Worldwide

February 14, 2014
A web conference organized by the Columbia Population Research Center and Columbia Global Centers attracted scholars from more than 20 countries.

Provost Announces Winners of Columbia-Chile Fund

February 11, 2014
Eight Columbia professors will receive awards for research they will conduct with the assistance of Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Santiago).

Faculty Fellowship and Exchange Opportunities Available in Rome, Tokyo and Paris

February 07, 2014
The Provost is inviting applications from faculty to participate in fellowships and exchange programs for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

President’s Global Innovation Fund Helps Launch Teledentistry Project in Kenya

February 05, 2014
Dr. Shantanu Lal’s Children’s Global Oral Health Initiative has launched a teledentistry project in Kenya, the first of its kind by a U.S. dental school.
Thomas Trebat, right, director of the Columbia global center in Rio de Janerio. Starting in April, the global center in Rio will offer a TV writing and production class.

Rio Global Center to Offer Portuguese TV Writing Program (Spectator)

February 04, 2014

A new program at the global center in Rio de Janeiro will allow students to learn TV writing this spring.

School of the Arts Launches TV writing program at Rio Center

January 29, 2014
The five-week program will run from April 28 through May 30. The Rio Center will host the classes, which happens three times a week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

President Bollinger Visits Columbia Undergrads in Paris

January 22, 2014
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger met with undergraduate students in Paris this week during his visit to Columbia Global Centers | Europe.

University of Jordan Launches MA Program in Sustainable Development at Amman Center (Jordan Times)

January 17, 2014

The new masters program — a collaboration with collaboration with Columbia Global Centers | Middle East — is a two-year degree designed for development practitioners.

Global Online Course Taught by Jeffrey Sachs to Focus on The Age of Sustainable Development

January 16, 2014
The course aims to spread to an international audience a broader understanding of the need for economic development that is socially inclusive and also protects the environment.

Global Columbia: Cover Story of Columbia College Today (Winter ’13-’14)

January 09, 2014

More than ever, the College is taking steps to prepare its students to be engaged and effective global citizens.

A Conversation with President Lee C. Bollinger

January 09, 2014

Bollinger talks about the philosophy behind the Global Centers, their impact on our students and faculty now and in the future, and what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st century.

Study Abroad Grows in Popularity, Programs and Places

January 09, 2014

In the past two decades the destinations for study abroad have increased greatly and the types of programs have expanded, giving students opportunities to have experiences from studying business in China to excavating ancient villas with their professors in Rome.

Profile: History Professor Pamela Smith, one of the Global Innovation Fund winners (Columbia News)

January 06, 2014

History professor Pamela Smith started college thinking she would be a chemist. Then she took a course on the history and philosophy of science and "was just bowled over."

2013 News

December 31, 2013
See all the 2013 news from Columbia Global Centers on this page.

Watch a gallery of images from a World Leaders Forum talk by Sergio Cabral Filho, former Governor of Rio de Janeiro, with Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger