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

March 25, 2019

Integrating the Human in Medical Education

“The whole point of medicine is that it is oriented towards people, care, emotions and the real lived experience. And often that is lacking when we practice medicine. One of our goals is to think about how do we reinvigorate, how do we reintroduce those kinds of questions and concerns back into our practice of medicine on a daily basis,” observed Dr. Rishi Goyal, at a two-day conference at Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on February 18-19, 2019.

March 25, 2019

Sustaining Democracy in the Middle East

It was in Tunisia that the Arab Spring was born, leading to the ouster of its long reigning authoritarian ruler in 2010 and the adoption of the region’s first democratic and secular constitution.  The revolution triggered similar uprisings in the Middle East but the promise of democratization did not sustain in these other countries.  What then are the factors that contributed to the success or failure of post-revolution democratic transitions in the Arab world?  Drawing from his extensive scholarship on geopolitics and social reform in the region, Safwan M.

March 25, 2019

From Genome to Exposome: Environmental Determinants of Global Health

Is human growth determined more by our genetic makeup or by environmental nurture?  Even as this question has been the source of serious scholarly debate over the years, it gains added significance when making critical decisions about health care.  Presenting the Yusuf Hamied Distinguished Lecture at the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on March 4th 2019, Gary Miller, Vice Dean and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, demonstrated how the study of the human genome and genetics has now been expanded by a new and compl