In November, Mary C. Boyce, Dean of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University visited India to share the School’s new strategic vision, Columbia Engineering for Humanity. “This vision is a collective vision, where we feel we are as engineers at Columbia. It’s a very powerful school with over 1,600 undergraduates and over 2,600 graduate students,” she said. The greatest percentage of Columbia alumni in India comes from the school of engineering.
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.
As globalization increases, international cultural exposure and work experiences become important to successfully navigating and meeting the demands of a changing work environment. Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai hosted the Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program that offers undergraduate students a high quality internship experience in a diverse array of industries and organizations through alumni and employer partnerships in eight cities across the world. Ten students spent two months from June to August interning with leading for-profit and non-profit organizations in Mumbai.
India is a multi-cultural and a diverse nation with a flourishing history of pluralism that has been thriving for thousands of years. Among the many faiths represented here are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism. As the world’s largest democracy, India presents a unique opportunity to understand a long and multifaceted heritage of religious diversity. With this reality in mind, the Mumbai Center hosted University Chaplain, Jewelnel Davis, and four Kraft Global Fellows from May 24-June 3 for an intensive field study on Religious Pluralism in India.
Beginning in June, 2016, the Mumbai Center partnered with the Mailman School of Public Health to introduce a practicum that enables graduate students to complete a planned, supervised and evaluated field experience in India. The Center reached out to multiple organizations to house four student interns. The three organizations that were selected include Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action (SNEHA), Khushi Baby in Udaipur, and Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research (PUKAR).
Building upon the Center's goal of advancing global education by designing learning programs about India, the spring cohort of the Kraft Global Fellows visited Mumbai, New Delhi, and Agra from January 4 - 15, 2017, for an intensive field study on Religious Pluralism. Through site visits and interactions with academic and sector experts, the group learned about the history, practices and contemporary issues related to different religions in India.
Despite a growing audience for Asian cinema around the world, few opportunities exist for students to immerse themselves in its comparative study. In light of this, the Columbia Global Centers in Mumbai and Beijing launched an intensive six-week summer program on Media Practices in India and China. Led by Columbia University film scholars, 12 undergraduate students got an opportunity to pursue learning in real-world settings.