We have heard of the impending water crisis in the coastal city of Cape Town in South Africa with the city’s taps likely to run dry. But the scenario in India could be far worse if we don’t sit up and take note, warned Rohini Nilekani, Chairperson and Founder, Arghyam. Nilekani, a pioneering philanthropist in the water sector, was in conversation with Dr. Ravina Aggarwal, Director, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai, as part of an ongoing lecture series investigating groundwater issues in India.

Columbia College Parents Fund Wishes You a Happy Chinese New Year with Abundant Health, Luck, and Prosperity! 


The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School is now accepting applications for the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. This Fund provides seed grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid early-stage social and environmental ventures around the world.

The Third No-Boundaries International Art Exhibition (NOBO) was Launched on February 1st.

The Earth Institute has recently opened its call for proposals for researches in the fields of peacebuilding, negotiation, and conflict resolution or conflict management to be presented at the next International Association for Conflict Management IACM in Philadelphia this July 8-10, 2018

The submission deadline is next Monday Feb 5, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST. Details on the conference where researches will be presented and the call for proposals from IACM can be found here.

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On January 28, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing hosted the 4th Women Leadership Panel: Women in Finance.

During January, twenty-six students from Columbia Business School (CBS) went on a 10-day backpacking expedition to Chile’s Patagonia region, led by Michael Morris, a professor in both CBSManagement Division and at Columbia’s Psychology Department, and with instructors from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

On January 25, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invited Jeff Schlegelmilch, the Deputy Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness to deliver a presentation on Planning for Urban Disaster Resilience, followed by a panel discussion featuring special guests Dr. Jianhua Xu, Associate Professor of Department of Environmental Management at College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University and Dr. Xiaoli Lyu, Associate Director at Tsinghua's Center for Crisis Management Research.

2018 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul is pleased to invite undergraduate students in their senior year and graduate students to an interactive workshop series to be held as part of the Reframing Gendered Violence Project. The application deadline is February 1!

Pauline Kantor, a journalist with a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), will become Chile's new Minister of Sports. The announcement was made by President-elect Sebastian Piñera, who will take office on March 11. Kantor, who graduated from SIPA in 1990, has worked as a reporter, writer, editor, and media consultant. During the first government of President Piñera (2010 - 2014), she was in charge of organizing the commemorative events celebrating Chile's Bicentennial as an independent republic. She also led the program "Elige Vivir Sano", which promoted healthy lifestyles among Chileans.

Arsenic contamination of groundwater has been recorded in more than 150 districts across 21 states in India and includes rural areas, where piped water supply is limited. Exposure to arsenic can inhibit intellectual development in children, cause severe skin lesions and even lead to fatal cardiovascular disease and cancers. Much of this risk, however, can be mitigated. According to Alexander Van Geen, Lamont Research Professor and member of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, “Arsenic contamination is highly localized. A neighbor might have a safe well, even when your well is affected.”

In January, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Financial Markets Director at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, presented the main conclusions of a two-year research project led by Columbia University, co-directed by José Antonio Ocampo, that studied the role of Development Banks (DBs) in seven countries: Germany, China, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. The study will be published as a book by Oxford University Press.

How to manage marketing in the 21st Century was the focus of a lecture delivered in mid- January in Santiago by Noel Capon, a professor of International Marketing at Columbia Business School (CBS).

A fellowship gift from the Rambourg Foundation of Tunisia will cover the full cost of attendance for one student each year over a period of five years.