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.
The risks of climate change and the adverse effects of greenhouse gases can only be mitigated by effective action at the local and global level. Given that urbanization has exacerbated climate risks, cities need to be at the forefront of reform. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is one such innovative initiative, serving as a platform for a network of the world’s megacities. The C40 Cities network acts locally – at the level of multiple city leaders such as mayors and municipal commissioners.
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.
What role does scientific evidence play in helping us manage our natural resources? How can science inform better decision-making? In what instances do science and technology support each other and where do they come under conflict? These are just a few of the questions the Center Global Centers | Mumbai addressed through two public lectures that probed the role of science in driving sustainable development.
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.
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.
Why did Facebook’s Free Basics program, available in 37 countries around the world, fail in India? What were the processes used by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in its judgement against Free Basics? How were the values of freedom, access, and digital equality invoked by the opposing sides? And finally, why does Net Neutrality matter in a country with such low rates of Internet penetration? Taking these questions offline, the Mumbai Center organized "Saving the Internet" as a conversation between Apar Gupta and Dr. Ravina Aggarwal.
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).
The city of Mumbai is perhaps best known globally for its film industry; films are a vital part of its political economy and cultural imagination. In October 2016, the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) organized the 18th Mumbai Film Festival to bring art house cinema as well as from Bollywood, Hollywood and other international movies to audiences in the city. The Mumbai Center facilitated the formation of a vibrant educational and cultural network for the festival by coordinating a series of brainstorming sessions with academics and civil society organizations.