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Columbia Global Centers: Connecting People, Connecting the World

Columbia University views the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization to require major changes in how it organizes itself for the 21st century. Already deeply and extensively international, the University views a network of Global Centers as the next step in its long history as an international research university. Attuned to the priorities and unique circumstances of its host region, each center leverages the University’s diverse intellectual capacities from across the undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, and pursues a set of university-wide core activities that evolves over time based on the active engagement of faculty and students.

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Columbia Global Center | Nairobi

Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi is a hub for Columbia programs and initiatives relevant to Kenya and the region. The Center contributes to Kenya's academic and research environment, while also allowing members of the Columbia community to increase their knowledge and explore academic opportunities within Kenya. The Center works in collaboration with local academia, government, civil society, and the private sector to design cross-cutting, innovative programs and partnerships with different Schools, Centers, and Institutes within Columbia. Ongoing events, lectures, and seminars hosted by the Center build a lively and engaged community of local and international alumni, students, and faculty.

Driving Our Promise

Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi serves as a regional hub for research and collaboration as part of Columbia’s strategy to achieve a global presence and link the African continent to Columbia’s scientific rigor, technological innovation, and academic leadership. The Nairobi Center provides Columbia students and academics with a base from which to conduct research in and for Africa.

From Research to Impact

Research and teaching by Columbia University faculty can directly address global challenges. Through the creation and sharing of knowledge, our faculty foster interdisciplinary collaborations that contribute to key issues around the world. Your support can help Columbia University permanently establish the resources needed to underwrite innovative global projects and research on relevant and timely topics ranging from forced migration to extremism to climate change. With the support of our partners and local audiences in Kenya, our Centers will be able to respond quickly and positively to support the creation of knowledge that impacts the University and the world.