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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 Centers | Istanbul

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul is a hub for Columbia programs and initiatives relevant to Turkey and the region. The Center contributes to Turkey’s academic and research environment, while also allowing members of the Columbia community to increase their knowledge and explore academic opportunities within Turkey. 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 Purpose

Through short- and long-term educational programs, research projects, workshops, symposia, public talks, convenings, and culture and art events, the Istanbul Center has become a hub for programming and expertise on a wide array of subjects, including human rights and freedoms, cultural heritage and art, sustainable development, urbanization and public health, women and gender studies, and education and learning opportunities. Since 2012, 651 students from Columbia University and over 1,900 from Turkey have engaged in the Istanbul Center's programs, along with over 70 Columbia faculty members representing 10 schools. These encounters have not only connected New York-based faculty and students with counterparts in Turkey and the wider region, they are also giving shape to a new generation of joint efforts with local universities, civil society organizations, private sector entities, and public institutions.

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 Turkey, our Centers will be able to respond quickly and positively to support the creation of knowledge that impacts the University and the world.