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Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate the collaborative and impactful engagement of the University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world to enhance understanding, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange.
Who We Are
Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul serves as a hub for Columbia programs and initiatives relevant to Turkey and the region. The Center aims to contribute to the academic and research environment of Turkey across a variety of fields, while also allowing members of the Columbia community to increase their knowledge and explore academic opportunities within Turkey. The Center works in collaboration with local universities, non-governmental organizations and public institutions to design cross-cutting, innovative programs and partnerships with different Schools, Centers and Institutes within Columbia. Ongoing events, lectures and seminars hosted by the Center also act towards building a lively and engaged community of local and international alumni, students and faculty.
Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul was launched in November 2011 and became fully operational in January 2012. The Center is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of Columbia University senior administrators, and receives guidance from a University-wide Faculty Steering Committee and the Office of Columbia Global Centers. An Advisory Board composed of prominent academics, public figures and business leaders also provides oversight, ongoing leadership and counsel regarding the Center’s activities.
"Being part of this program broke down the way I thought about Istanbul, or living anywhere as a student in any global city, including New York... It's a way of thinking that allows you to see intellectual value in things that aren't in a book. The global center and the program taught me about my value as a global citizen. It's very easy to describe being a global citizen as sharing experiences that cross boundaries that cross regions that cross countries... It's quite a different thing to just share than to be able to generate new knowledge that's the result of synergy of different students, of different people coming together. That's what's really to define the global world we'll be living in." Halima Gikandi (CC '16), speaking at the World Leaders Forum at Columbia University.