The establishment of the Columbia Global Centers | Santiago in March 2012 under the leadership of Karen Poniachik represents a milestone for Columbia University. The Center has established extensive partnerships with the local academic community, organizations, and policy groups that have a wide range of programs.

The Center occupies a 400-square-foot, two-suite office on the first floor of the Flacso building in the Vitacura neighborhood of Santiago, adjacent to the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the office of the International Labor Organization. The Center also enjoys full access to the Flacso building’s auditorium, which seats up to 70 guests, as well as two classrooms with a capacity of 40 people each. The Center currently employs one full-time staff member based in New York, and a part-time assistant in Santiago.

Our Mission

  • Assist Columbia University in the development and execution of its various research and teaching programs in Chile and the Latin American region
  • Serve as a regional base, enabling the Columbia University academic community to interact on a local level with students, faculty, and alumni
  • Leverage Columbia University's superb research capabilities to initiate projects focus in Chile and the South Cone on a variety of issues and to offer assessment, advice and solutions to support Chilen sustainable development.
  • Promote the collaboration and exchange of professors and students, as well as the development of joint programs between Columbia University and local universities. 


The Columbia Global Centers Network 

There are currently eight Columbia Global Centers operating in Amman, Beijing, Mumbai, Paris, Istanbul, Nairobi, Santiago, and Rio de Janeiro. The centers encourage new relationships across schools, institutes, and academic departments at Columbia. Attuned to the priorities and unique circumstances of its host region, each center leverages the University’s diverse intellectual capacities from across the undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, and pursues a set of university-wide core activities that evolves over time based on the active engagement of faculty and students. The centers help increase international content in the classroom; supplement the curriculum with international study abroad, internship opportunities, and course offerings; provide resources needed to attract students from abroad; facilitate research opportunities for Columbia students and faculty on globally relevant, interdisciplinary topics; and provide a point of ongoing engagement for international alumni.

Functioning as a network, the global centers encourage teaching and research that require working across disciplinary boundaries, having a presence in multiple regions, and engaging non-Columbia experts and scholars from those regions. Some of the centers’ programs and research initiatives are country-specific, some regional, and an increasing number are multi-regional, even global. The network is in its infancy, and each center has started by building strong links with universities and institutions in its respective region. The long-term ambition is that many programs will have a global reach and involve multiple centers in the network engaged in truly global conversations.

To learn more, please visit the Columbia Global Centers website.


NYC Launch of Columbia Global Center-Santiago

Introducing Columbia Global Center/Latin America-Santiago (New York, September 12, 2011)

Lee C. Bollinger, signed an agreement to establish an outpost in Santiago, Chile — the University’s fifth Columbia Global Center and its first in Latin America. He was joined by Andronico Luksic, vice chairman of Banco de Chile. “With next year marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of Columbia’s renowned Institute of Latin American Studies, the opening of the Global Center in Santiago comes as a timely reminder of our University’s long and rich history of studying Latin America,” President Bollinger said. “The Santiago center will take its place alongside Columbia Global Centers in East and South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, each one offering fresh opportunities for students and faculty to engage an international network of scholars, researchers and citizens. We are very grateful for Andronico Luksic’s role in making this possible and look forward to our partnership with him.”

The ceremony coincided with a roundtable discussion on Rethinking Chile’s Economic and Social Challenges, moderated by Thomas Trebat, executive director of Columbia’s Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS). Faculty members joining the discussion include Guillermo Calvo, an economist with the School of International and Public Affairs, John Dinges of Columbia Journalism School, Nelson Fraiman of Columbia Business School, Nara Milanich of Barnard College and Miguel Urquiola, an economist, also with SIPA.

Columbia Global Centers

Regional Project

NYC Launch of Columbia Global Center-Santiago

In an ongoing effort to broaden the University’s already extensive international perspective, Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger, is signing an agreement today to establish an outpost in Santiago, Chile — the University’s fifth Columbia Global Center and its first in Latin America. He will be joined by Andronico Luksic, vice chairman of Banco de Chile.