Education and Knowledge

The Nairobi Center promotes knowledge sharing by providing a platform where ideas are shared among peers through a collaborative process between Columbia University and local institutions.  This ultimately provides an enhanced understanding and a pathway to finding solutions for pressing global challenges.

One of the Global Center’s vision and mission is to be at the heart of global conversations and to be part of a network that seeks solutions to the continually complex global challenges.  In this regard, the Nairobi Global Center creates and hosts forums to cover diverse topics that address current pressing issues and invites the participation of local experts, Columbia University faculty and industry experts.  Some forums that the Nairobi Center has hosted in the past are on; refugee crisis, climate change, war and conflict among others.

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August 17, 2018

Pediatric Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa Meeting

On August 17th and 18th, Columbia Global Centers Nairobi hosted a PGIF Workshop by Drs' Phillip Larussa, Wilmot James and Lawrence Stanberry - which involved a Pediatric Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa.  Participants were from Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Lesotho, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana, and Liberia.

The goal of this meeting was to assemble key African pediatric leaders in the academic, government and not-for-profit sectors to discuss Global Health Security Agenda issues as they relate to the child and adolescent.

July 19, 2018

Equity Foundation - 2018 College Counselling Bootcamp

On July 19th, 2018, the Director of Columbia Global Centers |Nairobi – Dr. Murugi Ndirangu, was invited by Equity Foundation to speak to a group of students who were attending the 2018 College Counseling boot camp at Brookhouse School Karen.  The group comprised of 100 scholars – these being those who were going through the application process to IVY League Schools abroad including Columbia University, and over 15 mentors – these being those with some experience abroad.

July 11, 2018

Opportunities for Addressing Challenges in Oral Health and Dental Care

On July 11, 2018, Columbia Global Centers hosted a Kenya/Brazil oral health learning laboratory workshop on opportunities for addressing Challenges in Oral Health and dental care.  The workshop brought together stakeholders from government, private and public institutions.  Each stakeholder brought a wealth of experience and provided opportunities for knowledge-sharing. 

May 21, 2018

Re-thinking Sage Philosophy

On Friday, 25th May 2018, Columbia Global Centers hosted a full day conference on, "Re-thinking Sage Philosophy" this was organized in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies, Columbia University, and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Nairobi.

March 22, 2018

Model International Mobility Convention Launch in Nairobi

Columbia Global Centers Nairobi hosted the launch of the Model International Mobility Convention.  This brought together participants in the areas of refugee law, human trafficking, economic migration, labour rights, public policy, international law, labor migration and forced migration.  The event was moderated by Prof. Sarah Deardorff, an Adjunct Professor with Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.  The panel of speakers were drawn from government, academic and NGO sectors.  These were; Mr.

March 10, 2018

International Women's Day Kenya Celebrations

In marking International Women Day, Columbia Global Centers Nairobi partnered with a working committee of women leaders from the African Gender Taskforce - a virtual forum comprising of about 130 women who are passionate about all issues pertaining to and that affect women. The Women deliberated on plans / programs to empower women through training in key areas such as in productivity, security, sustainability, personal development and assertiveness.

The committee established 5 thematic areas under which training would be established and implemented. These are;

June 16, 2017

Teachers In Crisis Contexts Workshop

The INEE Teachers in Crisis Contexts (TiCC) Working Group, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development’s Education in Conflict and Crisis Network (USAID ECCN) coordinated the “Teachers in Crisis Contexts Introduction, Contextualization and Implementation Workshop for Kenya,” from June 12-16, 2017 at Columbia Global Centers Nairobi. The workshop brought together practitioners, teacher trainers, policymakers and academics. Participants were introduced to the Training Pack for Primary School Teachers in Crisis Contexts, which was launched in April 2016.

June 16, 2017

New guidelines set high publishing bar for Academics

Kenya’s Commission for University Education has issued stringent new guidelines for the appointment and promotion of academic staff in a system that gives heavy emphasis to publication in reputable, peer-reviewed journals and discourages publication in so-called predatory journals. While the move is intended to raise academic standards, it has also raised concerns about the hurdles to publication facing many Kenyan academics.

June 10, 2017

New PHD Scholarship on Food Security and Nutrition

The rare opportunity – the first in Africa – is a major collaboration with Columbia University. The ANSRC is a partnership that brings together academic and research institutions across the East African region with the goal of building a PhD training programme in basic research in nutritional and agriculture science. The main aim is to address food insecurity in the region and raise the number of trained manpower in the selected fields of study across East African universities.

April 24, 2017

Nairobi - Global Think-In Event

The Global Think-In Event titled, ‘Thoughts On A Changing World’, was held on 24th April 2017. It brought together academics and experts in various fields discussing the global issues facing and affecting Kenyans.

November 03, 2016

Columbia University Global Centers aim to prove university’s ‘Relevance’

Columbia’s Safwan Masri says that to understand a region today, you must consider the entire world. "There’s a very different feel and a very different impact that’s realised by being on the ground and having real conversations and dialogue that I think advances the notion that universities are relevant and neutral places of inquiry,"

Universities must adopt global, rather than international, outlooks, says scholar.

March 25, 2014

Failure of Education undermines the Arab world, Professor Safwan Masri reveals in Columbia Global Centers | Africa lecture

The event, held at Strathmore University’s business school, was the inaugural lecture in a series to be hosted by the Nairobi Center throughout 2014. Professor Masri’s distinguished academic career, including his current role as executive vice president for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University, provided the basis for his unique insight, shared with a packed hall of Kenyan university students, faculty, and Columbia University alumni and partners.