The University should not perceive immersion in a culture as more important than the benefits of a global perspective and experience.
The GS student body is now between 22 and 24 percent international, the highest percentage among Columbia’s undergraduate schools.
The eight directors met at Faculty House on Monday to discuss fundraising, budgeting, and global education, and to start developing a business plan for the global centers.
The Global Centers and study abroad programs are expanding, as is the reach of the Global Core component of the Core Curriculum.
The descendants of the families that originally donated $400,000 to help establish the Casa Italiana believe that the academy has failed to follow through with the donors' original vision.
While the center is intended to be Columbia's Middle Eastern research hub, so far it has focused primarily on Jordan. But staff members are working hard to make the center a more regional presence.
At the institute, which was developed by Barnard and four other women's colleges, students from around the world discussed ways to increase women's leadership.
Three years after the first centers opened in Amman and Beijing, Columbia "turned a corner on this global centers initiative" this year, Vice President for Global Centers Ken Prewitt said.
Paul LeClerc will oversee the center as it seeks to expand its academic offerings and forge ties with campus cultural houses.
A change not only in our Global Core but in our global thinking is essential.
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