Global Scholars Conduct Research in China and Chile
Thirteen competitively selected undergraduates spent three weeks this summer in Beijing, China, and three weeks in Santiago, Chile, as part of the 2013 Columbia University Global Scholars Program Summer Research Workshop. During the program, students studied social science research methods and conducted in-depth research on the evolution of China and Chile’s political and economic system.
The joint program is a three-year pilot international study program initiated by Weatherhead, in collaboration with the Columbia Global Centers, the Office of Global Programs, and the Institute of Latin America Studies. It was launched in the summer of 2012 with the theme of "Environment and Urbanization," and took place in Beijing, Shanghai, and Mumbai, in partnership with Columbia Global Centers | East Asia and Columbia Global Centers | South Asia. This year, the program expanded into Latin America, with the support of Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Santiago). Faculty directors Professor Zhang Xiaodan, a sociologist, and Professor Pablo Pinto, a political scientist, guided the students during an in-country research study and workshop on the theme of "Pathways to Development."
Staff at the Beijing Center worked closely with Weatherhead, the faculty director, and local partners to plan and execute the program's China portion. During the three weeks, the group had the chance to visit a wide range of state-owned and private enterprises, non-profit educational organizations, business councils, state-level government entities, local village governments, and academic institutes; and participated in diverse guest lectures hosted by Center, featuring local experts in the fields of China's labor study, product quality legislation, migrant work, China's economic growth, China-Latin America relations, and doing business in China.
The group was joined by six host students from Peking University for some of the activities. Center Director Joan Kaufman and program staff accompanied the group on their visits. For the first time, staff from Santiago and Beijing accompanied the Scholars in both countries in order to observe the program's operations in each other's site.