The global centers act collectively as a platform linking Columbia University with partners around the world to foster multi-directional learning, innovative research and the exchange of knowledge. Together we seek to ask new questions, promote new forms of international collaboration and develop meaningful academic experiences.
Since 2012, 748 students from Columbia University and over 2,156 from Turkey have been engaged in the programs in Istanbul, along with over 136 faculty members representing 13 schools of the University. 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 other universities, civil society organizations, private sector entities and public institutions. Moreover, the Center benefits immensely from a vibrant network of Columbia alumni, who contribute to designing programs and offer other valuable forms of support that enable the Center to thrive.
Through short and long term educational programs, research projects, workshops, symposia, public talks, conferences, culture and art events, the Istanbul Center is becoming 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.