Effie Gonis, alumna of the MA in History and Literature programme, reveals her research process, her innovative research methods, and how her blog,, helps her dissertation.

The Columbia Executive LL.M. in Global Business Law is an accelerated hybrid program designed for high-achieving, experienced lawyers looking to gain advanced knowledge of U.S. and international business law to better serve their clients and advance their international legal practice.  Built to maximize flexibility for practicing lawyers, this program allows students to complete their LL.M. degree in six months, through a combination of three online courses and an intensive May through August residency at Columbia’s campus in New York.  During the residency period, the substantive law courses are supplemented by co-curricular programming on leadership, management, and effective presentation in both writing and in-person.  You can learn more about the program at one of our upcoming information sessions or apply now to begin in March 2020! 

“Diseases in India can be tackled only with an equity plan,” remarked Dr. Nerges Mistry from the Foundation of Medical Research, an expert speaker invited for the orientation program organized by the Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai on April 8, 2019 for nursing students from the Columbia School of Nursing.  The students were beginning a six-week global clinical practicum to care for patients with infectious diseases at the Bel-Air Hospital in Panchgani and St. Philomena’s Hospital in Bengaluru.

Female enrollment in higher education rose to an all-time high of over 47 percent, according to a 2018 Government of India report.  Yet, “the closing gender gap hides ongoing gender inequalities,” noted Dr. Leena Pujari, Head of the Department of Sociology at K. C. College, Mumbai, citing the persistence of gender-based discrimination, harassment and violence that impedes academic institutions from becoming inclusive, respectful and nurturing spaces for all. 

In pursuit of becoming a clean energy-driven economy, India pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by a third by 2030 and ensure that 40% of its electricity comes from non-fossil fuel-based sources.  While ambitious targets are a good start, one gap in particular if addressed, would help India leapfrog quickly – innovation in energy storage or specifically, in batteries. Many challenges lie ahead for India to roll out battery storage at scale: the electricity grid is weak compared to the United States or Germany, sourcing of raw materials for Lithium ion-based battery chemistries is potentially hard, and many Indian consumers are averse to paying a premium for better quality electricity, having not experienced the benefits of it before. Therefore, a battery that provides quick discharge, lasts long, and is cheap could prove to be a game-changer.

Will Slauter is a historian of media and copyright, an Associate Professor at Université Paris Diderot, and a former fellow of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University.

The Columbia Global Centers I Nairobi hosted Prof. Terry McGovern and Dr. Marta Schaaf of the Department of Population and  Family Health as well as graduate students during the kickoff exercise of the research exercise that seeks to evaluate the impact of paralegal services