2015 News


Global Citizenship: A Conversation with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

December 10, 2015
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, author of The Cosmoplites, discussed global citizenship and identity at the Columbia Global Centers | Paris with Columbia Global Reports.

Beijing Center Hosts Public Talk on Xiaomi and the Shift from Products to Services

November 09, 2015
Nov. 5th 2015, Columbia Global Centers | East Asia hosted a speech by Dr. Clay Shirky, associate professor at NYU Shanghai and author of several books including the newly released Little Rice: Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream, on the topic of China and the shift from products to services.

Moving the Agenda Forward for Nursing and Midwifery Research in Southern and Eastern African Countries

October 20, 2015

A conference with Columbia University School of Nursing and the Nairobi Center, brought together nurse and midwifery leaders from 12 African nations with the goal of creating an action plan that identifies knowledge gaps in clinical care and greater use of scientifically-informed health care practices.

Successful Summer Program in Paris Leads to New Art Humanities Course

October 13, 2015

Starting next semester, students will be able to take Art Humanities and Music Humanities simultaneously, which instructors hope will allow for more holistic engagement with the material. The joint course offering comes after a successful trial run this past summer at Reid Hall, Columbia’s global center in Paris.

Columbia Global Centers Strategy Prioritizes Engagement

October 08, 2015

Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers, speaks on the global centers unique strategy of focusing on deep and sustained connections with the countries that host the global centers.

Global Centers Hosts Student Presentations in World Leaders Forum (with photo gallery)

September 21, 2015
As part of its fourth annual summit, Columbia Global Centers hosted presentations by students sharing their recent experiences visiting centers as part of a variety of University programs organized around the world.

Beijing Center Hosts Policy Dialogue on China - Latin America Economic Relations

September 02, 2015
Columbia Global Centers | East Asia hosted a discussion on the economic prospects of Latin America and the bilateral implications for China-Latin America relations at an August 29 event that featured two Columbia professors.

Professor Richard Peña Attracts Crowds in Brazil

August 25, 2015
The renowned film curator and director emeritus of the New York Film Festival is an old acquaintance of Brazilian cinephiles known for his knowledge on Brazilian Cinema. As Peña is fluent in Portuguese, his programs in Brazil are very popular.

Columbia Global Policy Initiative Releases Report on Responsibility to Protect

August 17, 2015
The report includes an exploration of the main issues with recommendations that grew of a two-day conference the Global Policy Initiative hosted on campus in April.

Entrepreneur Addresses Second Edition of Nairobi Center Workshop

July 14, 2015
At the Thinking Big Workshop held recently at the Nairobi Center, Manilal Premchand Chandaria shared the values his family instilled in him.

New York Times Reports on Nursing School Conference Hosted at Nairobi Center

July 14, 2015
The study was done by researchers from the Columbia University School of Nursing and presented last week at a nursing conference hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

Beijing Center Hosts UN Effort to Engage Youth in Sustainable Development

July 13, 2015
The questions of sustainability and sustainable development are intergenerational issues that must be taken up and addressed by youth if any meaningful progress is to be made.

International Aid Groups Release Report in Nairobi on Education Under Attack

June 22, 2015
A group of thirty key stakeholders from the education sector in Kenya gathered at the Columbia Global Centers | Africa (Nairobi) to deliberate the future of education in areas plagued by insecurity and conflict.

Columbia to Host Technology and Innovation Conference July 13-14

June 08, 2015
The “Technology and Innovation in the Public Service” conference has been developed in conjunction with another important SIPA/Global Center Network initiative – the Global Executive Masters in Public Administration, or “Global EMPA”, which launched its first cohort of 23 students at the Global Center in Rio de Janeiro Brazil in January 2015.

Columbia Researcher Explores Most Healthy Age to Retire

May 27, 2015
A Columbia University researcher based at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center is exploring when is the healthiest time for people to retire, in hopes of not only providing a guide for individuals but also a policy map for lawmakers around the world to promote continued employment and to strengthen their economies.
Sheldon Pollock, Columbia’s Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies, the Murty Classical Library of India

Columbia South Asia Scholar Oversees New Editions of Classical Indian Literature (Columbia News)

May 25, 2015
Around the world scholars in modern and ancient languages seek to maintain the world’s diverse cultures. Under the supervision of Sheldon Pollock, Columbia’s Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies, the Murty Classical Library of India is tackling this problem head on.
This photograph was produced by European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Columbia Professors to Make Contact with Astronomers in Chile

May 20, 2015
Columbia University astronomers are hoping three-day workshop in Santiago will help create stronger ties with colleagues in Chile as the country prepares to advance its already-leading position in the field.
Provost John H. Coatsworth has announced the third round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund.

Provost Announces Faculty Winners of 2015 President’s Global Innovation Fund

May 08, 2015
Provost John H. Coatsworth has announced the third round of grants from the President’s Global Innovation Fund.
Robert G. O'Meally, Columbia's Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Bearden Exhibit Explores Artists’ Odysseys

April 30, 2015
The Blue Voyagers exhibit opened with a splash April 15 in Istanbul—following a month-long run in Paris at Columbia Global Centers | Europe—and featured a reception, panel discussion and extensive coverage in the Turkish press.

Grants and research opportunities in Chile for Columbia’s faculty, researchers and postdocs

April 28, 2015
Chile’s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research offers several grants and funds that are available to Columbia University’s faculty, researchers and/or MS, PhD, post doc students who wish to engage in joint collaborative programs with local universities and/or research institutions.
Columbia celebrates the Rio innovation partnership with (left to right) SIPA Dean Merit E. Janow, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, SEAS Dean Mary C. Boyce, Provost John Coatsworth, and Global Centers Director Thomas Trebat. —Photo by Lynn Saville

Brazil Partnership to Launch New Innovation Hub in Rio (Columbia Engineering News)

April 22, 2015
Columbia University, led by the School of Engineering, and the city of Rio de Janeiro have partnered on a new innovation center that will spur technological growth and research advances.

Review for Bearden Exhibit in Istanbul (Today’s Zaman)

April 20, 2015
The curators must have devoted quite some time to coming up with the idea for this combined exhibition featuring two artists' portfolios.
Columbia Global Centers | Latin America Director Thomas Trebat

City of Rio de Janeiro Partners with Columbia on Innovation Hub

April 20, 2015
Rio de Janeiro and Columbia University have signed an agreement to work together to find solutions to Rio’s urban problems.
Safwan Masri with President Lee C. Bollinger

Columbia College Names 13 Freshmen to Receive Presidential Global Fellowships

April 20, 2015
The Presidential Global Fellowship program provides students with a stipend to cover round-trip airfare and living expenses to study in a location at or near one of the Columbia Global Centers.
Columbia Business Professor Rita McGrath

Catching the Right Wave with Columbia Business Professor Rita McGrath

April 18, 2015
Columbia Business Professor Rita McGrath may not be an avid surfer, but she knows how to catch a wave.

Rio forges partnership with Columbia University to solve urban problems (Xinhua News Agency)

April 17, 2015
The Xinhua News Agency reports on the signing of a partnership between city of Rio de Janeiro and Columbia University to create an innovation and development center, aimed at seeking solutions to Rio's urban problems.
Rio de Janeiro Center Director Thomas J. Trebat

Rio de Janeiro Center Director on the Brazilian Tax Burden (in Portuguese)

April 14, 2015
Rio de Janeiro Center Director Thomas J. Trebat is interviewed on camera in Sao Paolo by TV Folha (in Portuguese).

Greece and Columbia University to host ‘Blue Voyagers’ exhibit in Istanbul (BGN News)

April 14, 2015
BGN News writes about the exhibit "Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey" that opens April 15 in Istanbul, hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Turkey.

Three questions for Thomas J. Trebat - director of the Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio-Negócios)

April 13, 2015
Rio Negócios interviews Rio Center Director Thomas J. Trebat on Brazilian economics and the next projects for the Rio Center.

Rio de Janeiro establishes itself as a Talent Development Hub (Rio-Negócios)

April 13, 2015
A good example of how the population benefits from “investments” in the area of Education was the partnership between the Rio Mayor’s Office and Columbia University.

Being Global: An International Pre-Graduate Program (Huffington Post)

April 13, 2015
To support the growing influx of students and prepare them for graduate programs in the U.S., Teachers College is launching a new International Pre-Graduate Program this month in Beijing, China, at Columbia Global Centers | East Asia.
President Bollinger on Free Speech in India and the U.S. (The Hindu)

President Bollinger on Free Speech in India and the U.S. (The Hindu)

April 06, 2015
Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger spoke to Suhasini Haidar on the status of free speech in India and the U.S., discussing issues ranging from the ban on the BBC documentary India’s Daughter to the Supreme Court verdict on Section 66A, to the U.S. university that cancelled its invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak some years ago.

Centers in Istanbul and Amman to Host Global Think-Ins

April 02, 2015
Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought is going on the road again this month, taking its Global Think-Ins to Istanbul and Amman to extend the conversation about the national and international political tensions in public memory.

Q and A with Professor Carol Gluck

April 02, 2015
Carol Gluck discusses the Committee on Global Thought's Global Think-In series coming this month to Columbia Global Centers in Istanbul and Amman.

Santiago Center Director Discusses the Israeli Elections on CNN Chile (in Spanish)

March 27, 2015
CNN Chile program Cable a Tierra invited Karen Poniachik, the Santiago Center director, to discuss the results of elections in Israel.

Applications Due April 13 for Summer Training Program in Istanbul on Historical Dialogue

March 26, 2015
The Regional Network for Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past is now accepting applications through April 13 to its seven-day training program in Istanbul.

Columbia to Award First Annual Global Freedom of Expression Prizes at International Conference (Columbia News)

March 09, 2015
The awards, established earlier this year by University President Lee C. Bollinger, recognize judicial decisions and legal representation around the world that strengthen freedom of expression by promoting international legal norms.

Listen: President Bollinger on Free Speech (WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show)

March 09, 2015
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger discusses the university's first freedom of speech awards - called the “Columbia Global Freedom of Expression Prizes" - on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show on March 9.

Ravina Aggarwal Named Director of Mumbai Center

February 23, 2015
Ravina Aggarwal, currently at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi office, will become director of Columbia Global Centers | South Asia on April 1, 2015.

Teachers College to Launch Pre-Graduate Program in Beijing

February 13, 2015
Teachers College will launch a new International Pre-Graduate Program in Beijing that will run from July 7 to August 17.
Paul LeClerc

Continental Drift (Columbia Magazine)

February 12, 2015
Paris Center Director Paul LeClerc answers the question what does an increasingly globalized world mean for Indian writers?

President Bollinger on Global Free Speech (Wash. Post)

February 12, 2015
Americans only figured out free speech 50 years ago. Here’s how the world can follow our lead.

Columbia’s East Asian Library Launches Online Exhibition on Cornelius Vander Starr

February 10, 2015
The photographs and documents in this exhibition detail the career of Cornelius Vander Starr (1892–1968), an archetypal American success story.

Istanbul Center to Host Seminar on Byzantine and Modern Greek Encounters

January 21, 2015
Building upon its existing relationship with Bogaziçi University and the Columbia Global Centers | Turkey, Columbia University is developing a new spring 2015 program in which students anchor their studies in Istanbul by participating in two Columbia-style seminars taught by two distinguished Columbia faculty.

Deadline Feb. 6 for Global Conference on Aging

January 14, 2015
Deadline to apply nears for Age Boom Academy to be hosted June 11 to 13 by the Columbia Aging Center and Columbia Journalism School.

President Bollinger Announces Annual Prizes for Legal Contributions to Global Freedom of Expression

January 07, 2015
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger has announced the creation of the first prizes recognizing judicial decisions and legal representation around the world that strengthen freedom of expression by promoting international legal norms.