Columbia Graduate Schools Fair
During the week of November 2-6, 2020, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai organized the second edition of the Columbia Graduate Schools Fair after a successful multi-city launch of the program last year showcasing various graduate schools and programs at Columbia University. Out of the 154 countries represented in Columbia’s diverse student body, India stands second in the number of international students. Adapting to the changed circumstances and exigencies of this year, yet eager to engage with prospective international students, the Fair was conducted virtually with participants joining from multiple locations.
The Center partnered with the Mailman School of Public Health, School of Professional Studies, Columbia Journalism School, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Department of Statistics and Department of Mathematics to organize five individual information sessions that took place online through the week.
All information sessions elaborated on graduate academic offerings, application and admissions processes, student life, extra-curricular activities, internships and professional opportunities, along with details on Columbia’s distinguished faculty and global alumni network. They gave attendees the opportunity to interact with faculty as well as staff from admissions, career development and alumni relations who were part of the sessions. Key speakers from the week included Dean Steve Coll of the Columbia Journalism School, Professor Demissie Alemayehu, Director of Graduate Studies of the MA in Statistics program, and Professor Lars Tyge Nielsen, Director of the Mathematics of Finance M.A. program.
In addition to faculty and staff, some of the sessions also included alumni speakers who shared their knowledge and experiences with prospective applicants. Each information session created a forum that gave interested students, parents, professors, counsellors and working professionals the opportunity to learn more about advanced studies at Columbia University, with its distinct academic, social and cultural learning environment in the heart of New York City. They also addressed how schools were adapting to the Covid-19 situation to ensure student safety without compromising the academic rigour of an Ivy League education.
The second half of each session saw highly interactive moderated Q&A segments where attendees posed their queries. From the feedback collected, participants said they found the information sessions very helpful and that they learned more about the academic offerings, admissions process, career growth opportunities and the international student experience at Columbia.