In this World Leaders Forum discussion, Columbia faculty and students will have a dynamic conversation on student engagement at the eight global centers. Discussion participants will include:
-Professor Safwan Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development
-Mouhamadou B. Diagne, Assistant University Chaplain, with students from the Kraft Global Fellowship
-Paula Anzer, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, with students from the Urban Water Design Challenge
-Kavita Sharma, Dean of the Center for Career Education & Acting Dean, Office of Global Programs, with students from the Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) Program.
This will be a firsthand opportunity for students to discuss ways in which the Columbia Global Centers network can be leveraged to address issues that matter to them. These discussions will illustrate the interdisciplinary collaboration being exhibited through the centers across the world.
About the Columbia Global Centers:
The Columbia Global Centers are about connecting the local with the global, and about engaging others in global conversations and creating opportunities to learn from each other. The eight global centers-located in Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago-form the core element of Columbia's global strategy, which is to expand the University's ability to contribute positively to the world by advancing research, producing new knowledge, learning, discussion, and discovery about the most important global issues through a truly global perspective.
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About the MENA Summer Institute:
The MENA program focuses on the languages, history and culture of the Maghreb region and its relations with the Middle East and Europe. The theme for Summer 2016 was Migration, Displacement, and Diaspora in the North African context. Linking disciplines, the program gives students the opportunity to develop the linguistic skills and background knowledge necessary to conduct cross-regional projects and interrogate geo-cultural boundaries. Based in both at the Columbia Global Centers | Amman and Paris, students on the program take the equivalent of one year of a Modern Standard Arabic language course (first through fourth year levels available). In addition, they receive dialect training in the Jordanian Mashreqi dialect in Amman and their choice of Moroccan, Tunisian or Algerian dialect in Paris.
For more information about the MENA Summer Institute program, please click here.
About the Kraft Global Fellowship:
The Office of the University Chaplain's Kraft Global Fellows Program is an initiative of the Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness. At designated academic breaks, the Kraft Global Fellows Program will support up to five students who have a clear outlined research proposal to travel to one of the Columbia Global Centers as a team to conduct research for a particular set of questions or inquiries.
For more information about the Kraft Global Fellowship, please click here.
About the Urban Water Design Challenge:
Columbia Engineering and The Columbia Global Center | Rio de Janeiro launched a design challenge in December 2015 focused around bringing innovative engineering, planning, and policy solutions to the multi-faceted challenge of urban water.
Groups of students and researchers from across campus and in Rio teamed up to develop interdisciplinary solutions for multifaceted issues including furnishing clean water to dense slum areas, treating wastewater, and mitigating the impacts of extreme weather events.
For more information about the Urban Water Design Challenge, please click here.
About the Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) Program:
The Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program offers Columbia students high quality internship experiences in a diverse array of industries in Amman, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore through alumni and employer partnerships. As globalization increases, international cultural exposure and work experiences become more important to successfully navigating and meeting the demands of the work environment.
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