Columbia Global Centers promote and facilitate the collaborative and impactful engagement of Columbia University’s faculty, students, and alumni with the world to enhance understanding, address global challenges, and advance knowledge and its exchange.

Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai was established in 2010 to serve as a research, education, and knowledge hub for promoting new and informed ways of addressing global challenges. The Center conducts innovative and inter-disciplinary research, designs educational opportunities for students and professionals, and disseminates research to wider publics in academia, government, civil society, and the private sector. By connecting the University’s world-class scholars and students with peers from the region, the Mumbai Center works to deepen knowledge that can transform society.

Recent News

September 15, 2017

Learning from Mumbai

Nivita Arora is studying computer science at Columbia University’s School of Engineering but her internship this summer had little to do with her major. In fact, the only connection between the two was that she used a computer for both. According to her, the fact that it was unrelated to prior life experiences, made the internship all the more rewarding. “It changed the way I view the job industry, and made me re-evaluate how I want to spend my life,” she said.

August 27, 2017

The River Ganga: India’s Iconic Water Machine

The mythological, cultural and agricultural significance of the River Ganga has long captured the country’s imagination, but few realize it is also one of the most hyper-engineered landscapes of the world. Over the past 150 years, the ancient river has been transformed into India’s iconic water machine. This transformation is more than just a cartographic concern, it merits greater scrutiny.

July 28, 2017

Is International Immigration in Crisis?

Immigration has become a hot button issue, churning electoral politics around the world. In 2015, 1 million refugees crossed the Mediterranean to arrive in Europe, fueling concerns among the public about immigration, leading to the rise of far-right political parties across most of the continent and ultimately galvanizing Brexit – United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. In Asia, rising resentment towards expats led to a new policy, giving Singaporeans priority over expats in the job market while Malaysia and Thailand turned away hundreds on migrant boats.