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President Bollinger Calls for a Global Educational Model During Beijing Visit

December 27, 2012

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger led a panel discussion on the University’s vision for global education during his recent visit to Columbia Global Centers|East Asia. Bollinger arrived in Beijing on November 1 for  an event-filled trip that began with the re-launch of the Center.

He met with the center’s advisory board meeting in a session that focused on the success of the Center over the past three years and how to continue to grow and maintain the same success over the next three. Plans include continued collaboration across the Centers on global themes such as universal education, global economic governance, and environmental sustainability.

Directly after the meeting, President Bolllinger joined  Vice President for Global Centers Safwan Masri and Center Director Joan Kaufman in discussing the Columbia vision for global education at the Columbia Alumni reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Peninsula Hotel. Turnout was extremely high and attendees filled up the standing room. Columbia alums were very enthusiastic about Columbia’s vision of global education and the appointment of Joan Kaufman as head of center. Many of the alums shared their thoughts on the brilliance of the Global Centers idea and their interests in and support of a global education model.

On Friday, Nov. 2, the center held a Global Education luncheon lead by Bollinger and Kaufman and attended by many influential university administrators and academics. The vibrant discussion that ensued covered aspects of a globalized education network as well as to what ends the Columbia Global Centers can advance global education goals in partnership with leading Chinese academic institutions.

Following the luncheon, Bollinger met with President Chen Jining of Tsinghua University. To finalize his visit, Bollinger participated in a dinner hosted by Lan Yang discussing the impact of social media, particularly microblogging, on China’s transformation.