"The Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro exists to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience between Columbia and Brazil, an exchange that would not be nearly as deep nor as fruitful if Columbia were not physically present in Brazil." - Thomas J. Trebat

Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro is a hub for Columbia programs and initiatives relevant to Brazil. Established in 2013, the Center contributes to Brazil's academic and research environment, while also allowing members of the Columbia community to increase their knowledge and explore academic opportunities within Brazil. The Center works in collaboration with local universities, non-governmental organizations, and public institutions to design cross-cutting, innovative programs that aim to improve the understanding of global challenges through a transdisciplinary, transcultural and applied perspective. Ongoing events, lectures, and seminars hosted by the Center build a lively and engaged community of local and international alumni, students, and faculty.

Our work is to promote Columbia in Brazil by creating opportunities for the academic community to interact with our local base of partners. Our success is when the ideas created in this process become projects that connect civil society, academia and governments and that can help find applicable solutions to the world's more pressing challenges.

In the brief time since its launch, the Rio Center has established critical networks throughout Brazil and generated much research, debate, and educational programming focused on local issues. It informs the University’s approach to analysis and research on Brazil, as well as drawing support for Columbia within Brazil.

Through the advance and exchange of knowledge, we seek to strengthen academic investigation, social impact entrepreneurship, and the development of innovative technologies in Brazil.


October 02, 2019

Rio Center Stories: Cindy Pace, Professor at The School of Professional Studies

Dr. Cindy Pace a lecturer and inaugural faculty member in the Human Capital Management Master’s program at Columbia University and the Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion officer at MetLife. Cindy is  expert on multicultural identities, purpose and inclusiveness in organizational leadership. As a scholar practitioner, Cindy integrates academic research and theory into practical application that helps solve complex diversity and leadership challenges resulting in an empowered and thriving workplace and marketplace.

September 27, 2019

CGCRio Director Thomas Trebat for O GLOBO

Our director Thomas Trebat was invited by O GLOBO newspaper to talk about the minister's Abraham Weintraub proposal to change the model of the Single Legal Regime (RJU)


August 23, 2019

Rio Center Stories: Richard Peña, Professor at the School of The Arts

Richard Peña has been at Columbia since 1989, being named Professor of Professional Practice in 2003; from 2006 - 2009 was a Visiting Professor in Spanish at Princeton University. Mr. Peña has also served as the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Director of the New York Film Festival from 1988 to 2012.

June 04, 2018

Rio Center Stories: Eloy Oliveira, SIPA alumnus

My name is Eloy Oliveira and I just finished my Masters in Public Administration at SIPA, in May 2016. I’m currently the CEO of Instituto República, a foundation based in Rio de Janeiro, aimed at improving public service in Brazil through grants, research and advocacy. The best part of being in Rio is that I don’t feel far from SIPA. Columbia has a Global Center in town and there is always some interesting events going on.

May 30, 2018

Rio Center Stories: Capstone workshop team from SIPA

Here, we feature the Capstone workshop team that was awarded this year's Dr. Susan Aurelia Gitelson Award for Human Values in International Affairs for their work with UN Women on the project “Using Twitter Data Combined with Traditional Survey Data to Measure Societal Dynamics Related to Violence Against Women in Brazil.” Awarded annually, the Gitelson award was created by SIPA alumna, Dr. Susan Gitelson to recognize outstanding work by SIPA students related to human values in international affairs.


Rua Candelária, 9 (sala 301) - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20091-904.

+55 (21) 3553-0991

Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Closed on Brazilian holidays.

Email us at riodejaneiro.cgc@columbia.edu