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Slide 2: Parsi Exhibition
Slide 3: Katherine Alfredo
The Mumbai Center promotes knowledge exchange through a set of academic programs and internships to enable students to immerse themselves in the culture and life of India, learn with regional experts and peers, and gain a practical insight into the global. We offer excellent opportunities for strengthening Columbia University's global learning mission through courses, studios and field trips, internships, and graduate student placement opportunities. We also aim to develop programs on professional/executive education for executives, government officers, and development professionals in the region.
Columbia Global Centers in Mumbai and Beijing facilitated an intensive six-week summer program on Media Practices in India and China, with students spending three weeks in each country. It is organized as part of the Global Scholars Program (GSP) in collaboration with the Weatherhead East Asian institute and the Office of Global Programs at Columbia University. Unlike traditional study abroad programs, GSP builds on the expertise, resources, and cross-regional networks offered by the Columbia Global Centers, which enables students to delve deeper into the areas of their interests and conduct research across borders.
Together with the Mailman School of Public Health, the Mumbai Center facilitates a summer practicum that enables graduate students to complete a planned, supervised and evaluated field experience in India. Student interns have so far been placed at Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action, a secular, non-profit organization that works on public health issues in Mumbai’s slums, Khushi Baby in Udaipur, a wearable mHealth platform that aims to reduce mortality due to vaccine-preventable diseases, and Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research, an independent and participatory research collective based in Mumbai.
As globalization increases, international cultural exposure and work experiences become important to successfully navigating and meeting the demands of a changing work environment. Since 2013, the Mumbai Center has been hosting the Columbia Experience Overseas program that offers undergraduate students a high quality internship experience in a diverse array of industries and organizations through alumni and employer partnerships. Students spend eight weeks between June and August interning with leading for-profit and non-profit organizations in Mumbai, including Barclay’s Bank India, AZB & Partners, Marg Foundation, Jaico Publishing House, Asia Society India Centre, Apne Aap Women’s Collective, Spencer Stuart and Mumbai Mobile Creches.
As the world’s largest democracy, India presents a unique opportunity to understand a long and multifaceted heritage of religious diversity. With this reality in mind, the Mumbai Center hosted Columbia University Chaplain, Jewelnel Davis, and nine Kraft Global Fellows - four in 2016 and five in 2017 - for an intensive field study on Religious Pluralism in India. Through visits to important sacred sites and exhibitions, and interactions with experts, the team learned about the history, practices and contemporary issues related to different religions in India and explored the relationship between religious communities.
Related News from the Center
As part of its Urban Works Innovation Challenge project, Columbia Global Centers| Mumbai organized an intensive seminar for three student teams and five startup companies from January 7-16 who are designing solutions for environmentally sustainable urban workplaces in India.
“The construction industry is at a tipping point and there is a strong demand for improvement due to aging infrastructure, urbanization, sustainability demands, and the challenge of affordability ,” noted Dr Ibrahim Odeh, Founding Director of Global Leaders in Construction Management at the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University, while presenting his research at the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai.
The Urban Works Innovation Challenge 2018, a joint project of the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, was designed for passionate individuals and teams to create environmentally sustainable solutions for 21st-century workspaces in India. Funded by the RMZ Foundation and supported by the CoWrks Foundry, applications were invited from India as well as from all departments of Columbia University.
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