Chile’s 2016-2017 fire season was the worst in history. More than 500,000 hectares of wildfires affected cities, towns, and rural areas, including national parks and reserves.

On December 12, 2017, Columbia Global Centers I Beijing invited Dr. Ya-Ning Amy Hsu, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Teachers College and Co-Chair of the Parent Leadership Council 2017-2018 at Columbia College, to share with parents of Columbia University's undergraduate students on the evolving mission of Columbia University, the academic advancement and the dynamic student life at Columbia.

When a team of researchers from Columbia University set out in January 2017 to study the risk of cyclones to the city of Mumbai, the likelihood of the city experiencing a phenomenon that had never occurred seemed remote. When their lead researcher returned in December 2017, Cyclone Ockhi had narrowly passed the city’s coastline, increasing the significance of their work. With a view to bringing research on urban climactic hazards into the public domain, the Center hosted a public lecture on December 12, 2017 by Dr. Adam Sobel.

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

We are pleased to share with you the sixth Request for Proposals for the President’s Global Innovation Fund. Launched in March 2013, this fund is designed to provide support for faculty who would like to use the resources or facilities of one or more of the University’s nine Global Centers for teaching or research activities. The Columbia Global Centers are a global network of regional hubs intended to enhance the quality of research and learning at the University.

Across the first five rounds of competition, 265 proposals were submitted. With the help of faculty review committees, 72 proposals were selected for funding, representing awards to nearly every school at Columbia. Projects selected engage every Global Center, cut across a broad range of disciplines, and provide opportunities for students to engage in global research, education, and service in new and meaningful ways.

The President’s Global Innovation Fund awards grants for faculty members to leverage and engage Columbia’s network of Global Centers. The fund enables the development of projects and research collaborations within and across these sites, in order to increase global opportunities for research, teaching, and service. Projects must engage with at least one of Columbia’s Global Centers (Amman, Jordan; Beijing, China; Istanbul, Turkey; Mumbai, India; Nairobi, Kenya; Paris, France; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; and a new, ninth Center in development in Tunis, Tunisia). Projects may be based in a city where a Columbia Global Center is located, or in other locations in the regions served by a Center. An overview of Columbia Global Centers, including descriptions of local, regional, and international partnerships; programming and projects; Center interests, priorities and thematic foci; and Center personnel and space, can be viewed here.

We invite two types of proposals: planning grants (up to $20,000), for a period of no longer than one year; and project grants (up to $40,000 per year), for a period of up to three years, and capped at $100,000 for the entire project.

The deadline for application submission is February 12, 2018. The Request for Proposals can be downloaded here. We look forward to continuing to support Columbia faculty as they develop new and exciting projects across the globe.


Lee C. Bollinger, President 
John H. Coatsworth, Provost 
Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development


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‘Beyond the Music’, a much anticipated event at Columbia Global Centers - Nairobi, took place on December 5th 2017. The event was moderated by activist and writer – Mr. Kevin Mwachiro and the artists on the panel were Victoria Kimani, Kennedy Ombima (King Kaka), Antony Mwangi (Anto NeoSoul), Fena Gitu, Patricia Kihoro, and Judith Nyambura (Avril).

On December 5, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing successfully hosted an alumni networking event for Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences program.

"The Route of Freedom and Hope" was the name chosen by the children from primary school Escuela Republica de Israel for the one-day art intervention they organized at Plaza Yungay, one of Santiago's  most emblematic public spaces, to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust. They had been learning and reflecting on diversity and human rights in their History, Language, Religion and Art classes throughout the semester in the framework of an innovative educational project implemented by this public school’s principal and teachers. The event was supported by the Santiago Center, as part of its ongoing work on human rights and the construction of memory. 

On December 3rd, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing hosted the 3rd Women Leadership Panel Series: Women who Startup

On December 3, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing invited Mr. Jian Wang, a renowned oil painter and parent of Columbia University Columbia College's student, to introduce how to appreciate the European oil paintings from Italian Renaissance to Neoclassicism. In the meantime, Mr. Wang also delivered an introduction on his paintings to the audience.

On December 1, the Obama Foundation hosted a Town Hall in New Delhi with former US President Barak Obama and a selected group of young Indian leaders from across the country. The Town Hall expanded upon the conversations during similar events in Germany, Indonesia, and Brazil – exploring how the Obama Foundation can support leadership development for making an impact in the world.

Monica Vianna, Global Executive Master of Public Administration (Global EMPA) alumna, shares her experience during the Master’s program, which combined video lectures and exercises with face-to-face instruction via Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro and on campus in New York.

On November 29th, in partnership with Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing co-hosted a close-door workshop on Environment and Health, which was also the planning meeting for the 2nd International Forum on Environmental Health in 2018. The main purpose of this workshop and the International Forum  in 2018 is to translate the latest scientific evidence and lessons learned to further opportunities for policy change and public health advancements.

The Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination will open its doors in Paris in fall 2018. Its annual cohort will comprise seven Columbia University faculty fellows and seven fellows - scholars, writers and creative artists -  from outside the USA. Its purpose is to question the established ways in which knowledge is defined, produced, and taught. 

On November 7th, the worlds of music and documentary archives intersected in an exceptional concert highlighting the works and life of Russian composer Serge Prokofiev.

Washington Bonfim, Leadership in a Challenging Century alumnus, shares his experience during the two-week executive education program held on campus in New York.