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, Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger established the President’s Global Innovation Fund, which provides support to Columbia Faculty who utilize the 10 Global Centers as a resource for teaching and research activities.