About the Santiago Center


During the past twelve years, the Santiago Center has organized several hundreds public programs, including lectures by Columbia University faculty members, conferences, workshops, film festivals, documentary screenings, book presentations, architectural installations, educational exchanges and site visits. Through these activities, conducted both in English and in Spanish, the Center is addressing emerging topics and challenges such as social unrest in Latin America, the 2020 presidential elections in the United States, the impact of fake news, the future of the retail industry post Covid-19, and the need to incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance issues (ESG) in companies’ culture. In addition, the Center works on other broader economic and social topics such as global economics, climate change, global health and human rights. To all these issues, it brings a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on the knowledge and research of the numerous Columbia schools, centers and institutes.

Most of the Center’s research projects focus on key public policy issues that have important implications for both the advancement of knowledge and public debate in Latin America, including renewable energies, public health topics, post-disaster reconstruction, political stability, and pre-school education, among many others. In these and other areas, it seeks to promote joint-ventures and collaboration associations between Columbia researchers and their Latin American counterparts.


  • 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 Chilean 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.


There are currently ten Columbia Global Centers operating in Amman, Athens, Beijing, Mumbai, Paris, Istanbul, Nairobi, Santiago, Rio de Janeiro and Tunis. 

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.