The Santiago Center was officially launched in March 2012. Since then, it has organized more than 200 public programs, including lectures by Columbia University faculty members, conferences, workshops, film festivals, documentary screenings, book launches and architectural installations, both in Chile and on Campus in New York.
Through its activities, the Center addresses emerging topics and challenges such as population aging, the impact of robotization on the labor market, the challenges of digital transformation and policies on sexual harassment and gender violence in addition to other broader economic and social topics such as climate change, immigration 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 labs.
Most of the Santiago Center’s programs and research activities focus on key public policy issues that have important implications for both the advancement of knowledge and public debate in Chile, including the earth sciences and the environment, corporate governance, the future of journalism, education and astrophysics. In these and other areas, it seeks to promote joint research projects between Columbia researchers and their Chilean counterparts, supporting both inbound and outbound field and study trips.
In another key part of its work, the Center seeks to inform Chilean students and professionals about the degrees, courses and other opportunities offered by Columbia University in New York. Similarly, it helps in searching for research and internship opportunities in Chile for Columbia University undergraduate and postgraduate students.