Our Programs

Hundreds of programs across the network of eight Global Centers attract thousands of participants each year. We have created a dynamic hub of dialogue and ideas, with Columbia’s greatest minds addressing topics ranging from the impacts of war and terrorism to the influence of the arts on individuals’ response to crisis.

two students reviewing documents at a workshop in Rio de Janeiro
people at a discussion event in Mumbai
lecturer and students in a classroom
Five participants sitting at a panel in Amman, Jordan

In each city, Columbia partners with local universities, companies, governmental bodies, and NGOs, to hold policy-level conferences, roundtables, and seminars. Although many of our program participants include Columbia students, faculty, and alumni, we encourage and are strengthened by the participation of local academic peers, professionals, artists, writers, and others who contribute to our global impact. Our work is made immeasurably more powerful through YOUR participation. Find out below how you can get involved in education programs, research programs, and public programs.

Education

Creating an accessible space for global education is a priority for Columbia University and the Columbia Global Centers. It is the basis on which the centers bring together academics from local institutions and those from Columbia University.

We promote knowledge exchange through a set of academic programs and internships to enable students to immerse themselves in the cultures where our centers are located. These programs enable Columbia students to study a variety of subjects and enhance their local engagement towards a complete global experience. Our centers develop and facilitate various education and learning programs in collaboration with regional partners.

We offer excellent opportunities for strengthening Columbia University's global learning mission through courses, internships, and graduate student placements.

Since 2014, the Rio Center offers courses in script writing for television to hundreds of students as part of the TV Writing Intensive Program. Partner's for this program include Columbia University's School of the Arts and RioFilme.
Richard Pena, A Conversation with Jia Zhangke at Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

Research

Research plays a fundamental role in all our activities at the Columbia Global Centers.  It is the resource that we use to tap into the Columbia University Faculty expertise and then implement that on the ground to improve the livelihood of communities.  Each center serves as a regional hub for research and collaboration as part of Columbia University’s strategy to achieve a global presence and links the continent to Columbia’s scientific rigor, technological innovation, and academic leadership. The Centers provide Columbia students and academics with a base from which to conduct research globally.

Our centers develop, support, and disseminate innovative and interdisciplinary research initiatives in partnership with faculty at Columbia University and regional experts and institutions. The Center is committed to promoting President Lee C. Bollinger's vision of harnessing the strengths of academia and deepening its capacity to address key global challenges. Research activities at our centers focus on 4-6 thematic areas that have deep global and regional significance,

To encourage and support research at the Global Centers, Dr. Lee Bollinger the President of Columbia University, established the President’s Global Innovation Fund (PGIF) which provides support to Columbia Faculty who utilize the eight Global Centers as a resource for teaching and research activities.

Interview with five faculty members on their programs with our eight global centers and how students have been impacted through engagement with communities.
Dr. Neeraj Kaushal, Professor of Social Policy and Chair of Doctoral Programs at the School of Social Work, Columbia University, discusses international migration after Brexit, Brussels, and Trump.

Public

Public programs are essential in developing strong bonds and partnerships between the University and the local community. As part of our commitment to knowledge and promoting scholarly discourse, we bring together Columbia University faculty, students, and alumni along with global scholars, regional experts, innovators, non-profit organizations, and government to discuss a range of issues and host thought provoking events.

We aim to attract a diverse audience through forums, panels, training workshops, seminars, and conferences where participates exchange ideas with a focus on regional and global impact

Other program objectives such as sharing research evidence are initiated as a result of conversations on topics like economics, public health, policy, the arts, sustainable development and more.

A discussion between two distinguished writers of history who use very different research methods for their pioneering work. Urvashi Butalia and Sanjay Subrahmanyam.
During the fifth Lemann Dialogue, a two-day conference on Columbia University’s campus, a group of top academic experts, policy makers and key actors in Brazilian civil society discussed some of the challenges Brazil is facing today.