What We Do

Our programs have three core components: Education, Research, and Public Engagement.

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Education plays a central role at the Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi. It is the basis on which the Center brings together academics from local institutions and those from Columbia University. Education programming leads to the exchange of ideas and transfer of knowledge. It also enhances enlightenment through understanding of the constantly changing global trends and seeking viable solutions. Some areas of collaboration are in the fields of science, arts, technology, business and engineering among others. 




At CGC | Nairobi, research is at the core of all our activities. It enables us to leverage the expertise of Columbia University's faculty to improve the lives of African communities. As part of Columbia University's efforts to achieve a global presence, CGC | Nairobi is a regional hub for research and collaboration, connecting the African continent to Columbia's scientific rigor, technological innovation, and academic leadership. The Center provides a base for Columbia students and faculty to research Africa. To support research at the Global Centers, Lee C. Bollinger, the former president of Columbia University, established the President's Global Innovation Fund (PGIF), which supports Columbia's faculty who utilize the 11 Global Centers as a resource for research and teaching activities.


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Public Engagement

At Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi , we value the art of engagement by being actively involved in finding solutions for the world’s most pressing issues.  The Center regularly hosts forums involving diverse panels of experts and invites the public to participate as the audience.  This provides a base of interaction between the experts and the audience to establish possible solutions to issues like climate change, environment conservation, youth empowerment and food security among others.