Message From the President

Columbia’s Global Centers are an extension of our core belief that a global presence is essential to the highest levels of excellence in discovering new knowledge and educating future leaders. Eight years after its inception, the network of Columbia Global Centers is fulfilling this objective in remarkable ways. Students and faculty from around the globe, as well as leaders of business, government and diplomacy, converge on our global centers for just the sorts of thoughtful, cross-disciplinary conversations and academic programming that we anticipated.

Global society is facing an uncertain future and existential challenges. No issue has loomed larger in recent years than the historic migration of millions of people. Syria, with its border fewer than one hundred miles from our global center in Amman, is at the epicenter of this crisis; during this period, the leadership demonstrated by the Amman Center in response has been admirable. The Center is hosting symposia about refugee inclusion with representatives from leading research centers in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and the United Kingdom. It is also responsible for the implementation of our Scholarship
Program for Displaced Persons, through which Syrian students are planning to commence their studies at Columbia in the fall.

Programs like these reflect the University’s determination to better understand and help remedy the world’s most urgent challenges. The first Columbia Global Center in Amman remains a model for the network of centers that now stretches across five continents.

None of this would exist without your support. The work of the Columbia Global Centers has matured and gained in its impact at precisely the moment when the demand for contributions of this type has become more urgent. Thank you for your continuing partnership in this essential endeavor.

Lee C. Bollinger

President, Columbia University