Former President of Central Bank of Brazil discusses competitiveness with Global EMPA Brazilian students

April 13, 2016

Last Thursday (April 7th), economist Gustavo Franco was a guest lecturer at the Global Executive Master in Public Administration (Global EMPA), a program offered by the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University (SIPA), at Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro.


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Introduction to TV Series Development

TV Writing Intensive in Rio

A Training Program for Television Writers

Rio Innovation Hub launches new Design Challenge on “Sensing and the City”

March 23, 2016

Another Design Challenge was launched in the scope of the Columbia Innovation Hub in collaboration with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Studio-X Rio celebrates its fifth anniversary with exhibition on housing alternatives of social movements

March 18, 2016

On March 15th, Studio X Rio, the experimental lab by Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in Rio de Janeiro, opened the exhibition “Fight, Occupy, Resist: The Housing Alternatives of Social Movements”. With curatorship of Pedro Rivera, the director of Studio X Rio, the project aims to provoke a reflection on how the housing issue in Brazil has to be taken into consideration when it comes to planning the cities.

Roundtable with Columbia academics and Brazilian specialists addresses new horizons on Public Health

March 18, 2016

The roundtable Future Cities + Health, held on March 15th at the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro, brought together specialists in the field of Public Health to address the biggest demands of global cities.

Panel “Building the Cities of Tomorrow” addressed future challenges for a more sustainable growth

March 17, 2016

Columbia professors and Brazilian specialists engaged in the discussion of topics such as environment, urban planning and public health issues in the world’s largest cities.


Global Executive Master in Public Administration welcomes its class of 2017

March 17, 2016

On January 15th, the Global Executive Master of Public Administration (Global EMPA) program welcomed its second class of students. The 18-month degree program was launched last year through the Columbia Global Centers |Rio de Janeiro with an inaugural cohort of 22 students from government, non-profit, and private sectors throughout Brazil.

Rio Innovation Hub launches its second Design Challenge

March 17, 2016

Cities today are facing many critical challenges, both old and new. Columbia Engineering and Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro  jointly launched a design challenge on February 15th focused around bringing innovative engineering, sensing technologies, Internet-of-Things, and big data analytics to the multi-faceted challenges of smart cities. 

Third edition of School of The Arts TV Writing Program takes place at Rio Center

January 31, 2016

Another chapter of the ever frutiful partnership between Columbia University School of The Arts, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro and RioFilme was written this past January 2016.

Desafio de Design da Columbia: Água em Espaços Urbanos

December 05, 2015

A escola de Engenharia da Universidade de Columbia e o Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro estão lançando um desafio de design no dia 7 de Dezembro focado em trazer engenharia, planejamento e soluções políticas inovadoras para o desafio multifacetado de água urbana. Equipes interdisciplinares deverão elaborar soluções para os problemas de acesso, distribuição e armazenamento de água e sua qualidade; de recolha e tratamento de águas residuais; e de efeitos do tempo, causando inundações e deslizamentos de terra extremas.


Thomas Trebat to deliver keynote speech at Oil and Gas Conference taking place at FGV

December 02, 2015

The Director of the Columbia Global Centers Rio de Janeiro, Thomas Trebat, will deliver the keynote speach at the international conference "Public Policy for Oil and Gas and its Impact on the Social and Economic Development of Brazil", which will be hosted by the School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) of Fundação Getulio Vargas.

Dr. Trebat's keynote will be on thursday, December 3rd, at 7pm.

Urban Climate Change Research Network Opens its Latin American hub at FioCruz

October 14, 2015

The Latin American hub of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) was launched on October 13, in Rio de Janeiro. The launch event took place at a workshop on resilient cities, Risk of Climate Change to Urban Health Management.The Hub launch was part of a workshop involving important names related to studying of climate change impacts on cities, specially in Brazil. In a series of debates and several researchers, public officials and civil society leaderships had the opportunity to discuss topics related to climate change, resilient cities and urban management. 

Info Sessions were held in three cities for the Global Executive Master in Public Administration

September 04, 2015

On September 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Informational Sessions were held in São Paulo, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro, where candidates for the Global Executive Master in Public Administration, offered by the  School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), had a chance to get to know more about the program and to talk to Maria Luiza Paranhos, the Program Manager in Brazil and Valerie Zimmer, Associate Director of Recruitment and Marketing, who are in charge of the selection and informational process, as well as SIPA's Professors Dr. William Eimicke and Dr. Thomas Trebat.

Ruth Cardoso

Opportunity for Brazilian Scholar at Columbia University

August 24, 2015
The Coordination for Improvement of Graduate Level Staff (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Capes) seeks a scholar in Brazil to take part in teaching and research activities on Social and Sciences and Humanities at Columbia University.

Professor Richard Peña attracts crowds in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro

August 24, 2015

Richard Peña, Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia's School of The Arts, made one of his highly anticipated visits to Brazil last week.

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. This time he came for a full week. 

Conference on Mobile Learning held by Columbia Center for Brazilian Studies in Brasília

August 21, 2015

On August 12th and 13th 2015, Columbia University's Center for Brazilian Studies held a conference on Mobile Learning. 

The Conference, that happened in Brasília, aimed to bring local and global eyes and ears to discuss this very important piece of public policy for the future. To do so, the speakers discussed several mobile learning experiences outside of Brazil, and how those experiences can be integrated to Brazilian's policies and improve the country's capacity to develop education, in terms of infrastructure, digital content and teacher training.

Knowledge as Collective Experience (Program at Studio-X Mumbai)

August 03, 2015

Knowledge as Collective Experience
An interactive discussion with local practitioners in Mumbai involved in socially engaged practice
Studio-X | 11th & 12th August 2015, 6-8pm

The Global EMPA Class of 2016 has spent the summer in New York

July 23, 2015

The Global EMPA students went to New York this July to complete the program Summer term on campus. During this one month period, the twenty two executives from Brazil had the chance to get more integrated with the university daily life and to attend a prestigious event held by SIPA on Public Administration – Technology and Innovation in the Public Service.

Brazil as Global Crossroads: how art forms travel to and from Brazil

July 22, 2015
This summer, Columbia University faculty has visited Rio de Janeiro to conduct research at the Instituto Moreira Salles and other institutions.

Alexander Alberro gives lecture on Contemporary Art at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage

July 22, 2015

Professor Alberro, the Virginia Bloedel Wright Professor of Art History and Department Chair at Barnard College, offered an open lecture at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, one of the most prestigious schools of Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro. The lecture was organized by the Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro) with the support from the Post-Graduation Program of the School of Comunication of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.

Barry Bergdoll discusses Latin American Architecture in Rio de Janeiro

July 17, 2015
Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and Curator of Architecture at the Museu of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, came to Rio de Janeiro for a week in July.

Full house for open lecture by Jose Moya on African slavery at UFRJ

July 15, 2015

José Moya, Director of the Barnard College Forum on Migration and Director of the Institue of Latin American Studies at Columbia University, came to Brazil on a research duty. He came to Rio de Janeiro to dig in on Instituto Moreira Salles's archives, the biggest private-owned archive in Brazil.

Graciela Montaldo debates popular culture in Latin American at the turn of the 20th century

July 14, 2015
Graciela Montaldo, Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, was part of the Humanities group that came to Rio de Janeiro as part of the "Brazil as Crossroads" program.

Sharon Marcus: Sexuality is always repressed (O Globo - in Portuguese)

July 15, 2015
An interview with Sharon Marcus, Columbia's dean of humanities and the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature.

Group of Humanities Professors to visit Global Center in Rio de Janeiro

June 23, 2015

In the coming month of July, the Columbia Global Centers in Rio de Janeiro will receive researchers and professors from different departments of Columbia University, who study the broader area of Humanities.

Workshop on Public Health and Resilience held in Rio de Janeiro

June 10, 2015

On June 9th, 2015, we received at the Global Centers in Rio de Janeiro a few guests to discuss Healthcare Practices in a Resilient City. From Rio Mayor's Office we had Rodrigo Rosa, who is the special advisor for the Rio Resiliente Initiative. Also from the Rio Mayor's Office, came Dr. Betina Durovni, who is a Deputy Secretary at the Health Department of the Rio de Janeiro's Municipality. From Columbia University, we received Dr. Michael Sparer, a Department Chair at the Mailman School of Public Health.

New Masters program at UNIFOR in partnership with Columbia

June 22, 2015

Columbia University and its partnership with the Edson Queiroz Foundation - University of Fortaleza is rendering more fruits.

The partnership that began with the Professional Master in Law, offered by UNIFOR in partnership with Columbia Law School. The program is on its first class and has Judges, Prosecutors, Supreme Court Judges and Police Officers among its students.

Global Center signs agreement with the State of Rio de Janeiro for Tax Data Usage

May 21, 2015

Dr. Thomas J. Trebat, Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro), has signed an agreement with Rio de Janeiro's State Finance Secretary, to allow researchers from Columbia University to use the data on tax revenue. The State will provide a Database with all-anonymous information on tax payment in Rio de Janeiro, to be used by researchers who aim to better understand the most varied issues, such as economic development and social inequalities. 

The Law and Economics of Capital Market Regulations Course taught in Rio de Janeiro

May 11, 2015

Last week, the Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro) was glad to co-host - along with CVM, the Brazilian regulators of Capital Markets - the Program in Law and Economics of Capital Markets, which is offered jointly by Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School. 

Center Hosts Enterprise Risk Management Workshops

April 30, 2015

On April 28 and 29, the Dean of Columbia University's School of Continuing Education, Kristine Billmyer, came to Rio de Janeiro accompanied by Enterprise Risk Management Professor Sim Segal. The purpose of their visit was to attract students to the Enterprise Risk Management Program, a part time yearlong course offered at the Campus in New York. 

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.

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).

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.
Tom Trebat

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.

Global Center in Rio de Janeiro receives group from Barnard College

March 30, 2015

From March 15 to 20, the Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro) had the pleasure to welcome a group from Barnard College in Rio de Janeiro. Professors, undergraduate students and administrative staff spent a week in Rio de Janeiro, where they have held meetings and events.

Global Perspectives on Education brings more than 350 people in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo

March 27, 2015
Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro) hosted panel discussions on education in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo on March 18 and 19, respectively, featuring distinguished panelists to discuss education in Rio and Brazil.

Rio Center to develop collaboration with Brazilian National School of Public Administration

March 19, 2015

On March 11, 2015, Thomas Trebat, Director of the Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro and Maria Luiza Paranhos, Project Coordinator at CGC Rio, attended a meeting with ENAP – Brazil´s National School of Public Administration, in Brasilia to evaluate possibilities of collaborations between ENAP and Columbia University.

Gleisson Rubin, specialist in Public Policies and Governmental Management, took office as ENAP´s president this month and emphasized on the importance of offering a service of quality and the opportunity of internationalizing their academic program.

President Bollinger

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.
President Bollinger

Global Freedom of Expression Award Press Release

January 08, 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.

Professor Brian Perkins to bring his Leadership Workshop to Rio de Janeiro

September 23, 2014

Dr. Brian Perkins, Director of the Urban Education Leadership Program at Columbia University Teachers College in the Department of Organization and Leadership will teach a workshop on leadership practices at Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro)

Master Class at MAR Museum

August 29, 2014

The Master Class “How to Write Scripts for Television”, part of the second edition of our course TV Writing Intensive in Rio, was a success.

The course is a production of Columbia Global Center of Rio de Janeiro and is sponsored by RioFilme.

MBA Information Session | Columbia University Business School

August 15, 2014

This week, the Columbia Global Center of Rio de Janeiro held an Info Session with Felicia Goodman, Associate Director of Admissions, and Local Alumni to provide more information about the Columbia MBA program, student experience, and global network.

On the Road information sessions are an excellent way to learn more about the Columbia MBA program, student experience, and alumni network.

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

July 14, 2014
Tom Trebat says the country's successful effort at the World Cup bodes well for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

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.

Faculty Travel Grant | New Opportunity

June 04, 2014

Since 2012, the Lemann Foundation has been supporting the Science without Borders (SWB) program at partner universities: Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and UCLA.

The objective of the Foundation is to contribute towards strengthening the government's investment, assuring an increasing number of students from Brazil at universities of excellence such as yours, as well as the establishment of long lasting academic partnerships between these universities and Brazilian institutions.

Request for Proposals - FAPERJ/Columbia University

April 02, 2014

Request for Proposals – FAPERJ/

Columbia University 2014 Cooperation Program

RFP Issue Date: March 21, 2014

RFP Due Date: May 08, 2014

Total Funding Available: Approximately U$1.7 million


To Our Columbia University Colleagues:


Rio Anniversay and FAPERJ Ceremony

Rio Center celebrates its first anniversary

March 21, 2014

On March 20th, 2014, Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro), the State Government of Rio de Janeiro, and FAPERJ - the main funding agency for academic research in the state of Rio - signed an agreement which will lead to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for academic collaboration with Columbia University. The occasion marked the celebration of the first anniversary of Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro.

FAPERJ and Columbia University sign partnership to foster research collaborations

March 20, 2014
The RFP between FAPERJ and the Rio Center corresponds to an investment of 1.8 million dollars approximately, and it will support research in areas like education, sustainable development, public health, and other related areas.

Rio de Janeiro Funding Agency Partners with Center on Research Projects

February 07, 2014

Columbia Global Center | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro) and FAPERJ – the main funding agency for research in the state of Rio – will formalize a partnership to launch joint academic projects. Next March, in the occasion of the first anniversary of Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro, both entities will sign a Memorandum of Understanding, targeting areas such as education, public health and sustainability.

Teachers College's Dr. Brian Perkins presents at pannel in Rio.

O Globo interviews Dr. Brian Perkins (article in Portuguese)

February 03, 2014

Director of the Urban Education Leadership Program at Columbia University Teachers College Department of Organization and Leadership, Dr.

A Conversation with President Lee C. Bollinger

December 26, 2013


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

Columbia Global Debates Launches in Rio

December 13, 2013

Columbia Global Debates is a new format for public discussions on global issues filmed before a studio audience and streamed live around the world.

Ideas Flow in Rio at Columbia’s Launch of Global Discussions Program

November 11, 2013
Columbia Global Centers recently hosted two discussions at its Rio de Janeiro Center to launch the inaugural Columbia Global Debates, a pilot program connecting all eight centers and the main campus with a live audience in Brazil.

Columbia School of the Arts Visits Rio de Janeiro, Plans New Programs

November 13, 2013

Columbia School of the Arts Dean Carol Becker recently visited Rio de Janeiro with Columbia Film Program Chair Ira Deutchmen and Professor Richard Peña to plan new collaborative programs for the coming year with local partners.  A screening of four film shorts from the 2013 Columbia Film Festival, followed by a festive reception, commemorated these innovative developments and showcased the accomplishments of Columbia film students.   A public panel discussion the following afternoon featured animated debate regarding the new challenges presented by emerging technologies and platforms.

Vive le Festival! Columbia’s Literary Event Draws Crowds in Paris

September 30, 2013

Five days, 28 writers from 18 countries, 30 events and 6,000 people in attendance add up to what organizers are calling a successful first edition of the World Writers’ Festival.

Brownbag Seminar: Werner Baer “Economic Policy in Brazil After the Protests”

September 15, 2013

The Rio de Janeiro Alumni Club inaugurated a brownbag seminar series at the Center on August 19th, featuring Professor Werner Baer, an American economist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Jorge Lemann Professor of Economics.  

University Chaplain Jewelnel Davis Visits Columbia Global Centers | Latin America (Rio de Janeiro)

September 15, 2013

Columbia University Chaplain Jewelnel Davis recently spent a week in Rio de Janeiro, following her trip to Chile.  In addition to meeting and working with Thomas J. Trebat, Director of the Center, and the global center staff, she engaged with educational, nonprofit, and religious leaders. She also conversed extensively with local alumni, as well as with Columbia students studying in the region, in a variety of venues.

New York Times Praises Columbia’s Global Approach

September 10, 2013
Times op-ed urges other universities to follow Columbia's lighter footprint of its Global Centers.

Internationalism Evolves: Columbia and the Global Centers

August 02, 2013
"Our model is about learning. It’s about a two-way exchange of knowledge and skills,” says Professor and Global Centers Vice President Safwan M. Masri, who describes the Centers as platforms for interdisciplinary research, vehicles for new educational opportunities, and instruments for seeking solutions to global problems.

Lemann Foundation Makes Commitment to Brazilian Studies at Columbia (Columbia News)

April 23, 2013
The gift is Columbia’s largest ever for Brazil-related efforts and is the largest gift from a Brazilian donor.

President Bollinger Discusses Plans for Rio de Janeiro Center on Brazilian TV (GloboTv)

April 06, 2013
Brazilian TV interview begins in Portuguese for 30-second introduction and then interview proceeds in English.

University Announces Fund for Faculty Endeavors at Columbia Global Centers

April 04, 2013
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger has announced plans to provide grants to faculty members to leverage and engage Columbia’s Global Center network.

Columbia Opens Global Center in Rio de Janeiro

March 20, 2013
University President Lee C. Bollinger joins this week with faculty, alumni, Brazilian leaders and a delegation of international visitors to open a Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—the University’s second in South America.

University Opens Its First Global Center in Africa

January 30, 2013
With the opening of the center in Nairobi, faculty, students, alumni and friends will have a new home base for engaging with the people and complex issues that confront Africa.

Safwan M. Masri Appointed Vice President for Global Centers

July 30, 2012
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger announces the appointment of Professor Safwan M. Masri as vice president for Global Centers.
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