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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 | Tunis

Columbia Global Centers | Tunis is a hub for Columbia programs and initiatives relevant to Tunisia and the region. The Center will contribute to Tunisia’s academic and research environment, while also allowing members of the Columbia community to increase their knowledge and explore academic opportunities within Tunisia. The Center will work 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 will build a lively and engaged community of local and international alumni, students, and faculty.

Driving Our Purpose

Tunisia captivated the world’s attention when it alone emerged from the “Arab Spring” a democracy. While the 2011 Arab uprisings were unsuccessful, Tunisia’s revolution yielded a progressive constitution, fair parliamentary elections, and the ushering in of the country’s first-ever democratically elected president. Columbia faculty have become increasingly involved in Tunisia over the years, and the country's unique history and trajectory make for a fascinating research opportunity. Tunisia's political and business leaders have welcomed a lasting presence for Columbia in the country, and thus the ninth and newest Global Center, Columbia Global Centers | Tunis, was established in October 2017.

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