Office of Global Programs
To help create a deeper understanding of our globally interdependent and culturally diverse world, the Office of Global Programs was recently established to manage and create opportunities for undergraduates to study or to intern abroad.
The International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
The Mailman School of Public Health’s ground-breaking initiatives have improved the health of millions of people around the world. One such initiative, the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), works with host countries and other organizations, principally in sub-Saharan Africa, to build capacity for family-focused HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs. Examples of its many programs are:
- family-focused care with attention to the needs of women and children
- prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV
- infrastructure development, including laboratories, clinics, pharmacies, and other facilities
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), part of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, uses a science-based approach to enhance society’s ability to understand, anticipate, and manage climate risk in order to improve human welfare, especially in developing countries. The IRI launched the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) regional program in 2005, assisting stakeholders to incorporate climate knowledge in several sectors including water resources, fisheries, and agriculture. The initial projects have successfully introduced relevant climate information for informing the decision-making and planning in those sectors and have set the basis for establishing IRI collaboration with key national and regional organizations.
As part of a new partnership, Hong Kong University will send ten MBA students to study at Columbia Business School for one semester during the summer 2008 term. The Business School is participating in this program as part of HKU’s regional full-time MBA program that will draw students from the Asia-Pacific region, particularly mainland China, who are primarily interested in pursuing careers in the financial sectors in the region. The Business School will also arrange a series of visits to prominent companies and locations around New York. HKU Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program.
Joint Research Project and Book Publication
The recent publication of China’s Financial Transition at a Crossroads (Columbia University Press) represents the culmination of a major two-year research project sponsored by Columbia Business School exploring current prospects for financial policy reforms in China. Two substantive conferences were organized leading up to the publication: one with Tsinghua University in August 2005 to enlist perspectives from a team of Chinese scholars and practitioners, and a public conference at Columbia to present revised book chapters and discussant commentaries.