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Welcome to Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi
A space for engaging dialogue
A Hub for Programs and Educational Initiatives
Public forums in Creative arts
Prof. Lee C. Bollinger- President of Columbia University, Prof. Safwan Masri- EVP Columbia Global Centers and Alumni.
The Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi, serves as a regional hub for research and collaboration as part of Columbia University’s strategy to achieve a global presence and links the continent to Columbia’s scientific rigor, technological innovation, and academic leadership. The Center provides Columbia students and academics with a base from which to conduct research in and for Africa.
About the Columbia Global Centers
The 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. The Global Centers, as envisioned by President Lee C. Bollinger, were founded with the objective of connecting the local with the global, to create opportunities for shared learning and to deepen the nature of global dialogue. Learn more about our history
What we work on
A Request for Proposals
Every evening during the early days of the pandemic, people opened their windows at a set hour to applaud the heroic women and men who were putting their health on the line in the fight against Covid-19. In New York, London, Madrid and other cities, it became something of a ritual. For me, it was a daily reminder of those invisible workers, the public health professionals who battle the pandemic behind the scenes. It was also a reminder of how now, more than ever, we must invest in public health.
Lockdowns and physical distancing have proved crucial to slowing the spread of Covid-19 in the short term, but looking to the future these measures are unsustainable and have caused a lot of social and economic damage. As the race for the vaccine continues experts are now focused on improving testing, tracing and treatment efforts, especially in Africa, where life-threatening gaps exist.
Covid-19 has taught us that investing in health security research, preparedness and responsiveness, nationally, regionally and globally, is critical. For this to work and to beat similar crises in future, effective, credible, altruistic political leadership at all levels of society is needed.
Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi
Westcom Point, 8th Fl, Block A
Mahiga Mairu Ave., Off Waiyaki Way
P.O. Box 51412 - 00100
Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 020 4440612/ 0708440612
Fax: 020 4440930
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Closed on Kenyan Holidays.