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President Bollinger and Dean Becker Discuss the
 Challenges of Art Education in the New Age
 -with CAFA Artists

On November 9, Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, in partnership with Columbia University School of the Arts and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), hosted a panel titled "Art, Artists, and Education in Contemporary Societies––China and U.S. Perspectives" on the CAFA campus, Beijing. Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, and Xinping Su, Vice President of CAFA delivered opening remarks. Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts, Bing Xu, Professor of CAFA and Ji'nan Yin, Dean of School of Humanities of CAFA shared their insights during the panel discussion. Over 450 people attended the event. Click here for a video recap.
On October 24, the Beijing Center held a short speech titled "the University in the Global Age" by David Madigan, Columbia University Executive Vice President for Arts & Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, and Professor of Statistics, as well as a group interview with Xinhua News Agency, China Daily, People's Daily, Financial Times China and others. EVP Madigan discussed Columbia's arts & sciences education, Columbia's online courses development, and his views on the globalization of education. 
On October 25, the Center arranged an information session with EVP Madigan titled as "Global Education in Columbia University" at the US Embassy in Beijing. He met staff members and advisors of EducationUSA at the Embassy, and briefly discussed Columbia's move to include online courses, the role of international students on campus, services/support to international students at Columbia, diversity issues on American campuses, as well as his views on globalized education at Columbia.  He also received an introduction to the EducationUSA programs led by the Embassy and visited its program spaces.

Information Session: Columbia University School of Professional Studies Programs

On October 24, the Center co-hosted an information session with Columbia University's School of Professional Studies (SPS). Dean Jason Wingard, gave a lecture titled "Emerging Trends and Professional Education", and three program directors joined him to share information regarding their programs. More than 45 participants had the chance to better understand SPS and its programs before they apply.

Book Panel And Signing Event
 -Kuo Ping Wen - Scholar, Reformer, Statesman

On October 4, the Beijing Center, in partnership with C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Teachers College, and Columbia Confucius Institute, co-hosted a book panel and signing event for Kuo Ping Wen: Scholar, Reformer, Statesman, edited by Ryan M. Allen and Ji Liu (San Francisco: Long River Press, 2015), at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. Kuo Ping-wen is one of the earliest Chinese alumni graduating from Columbia with a PhD degree in Education, co-founder of the China Institute, and a profound statesman and educator in Republic of China. Click here for a brief bio of Dr. Kuo and the book's table of contents

The Columbia-Fudan Global Summit on Aging & Health: A Dialogue on Research, Policy, Health Systems and Industry Initiatives  

Before and during the conference (October 14-19), the Beijing Center supported "The Columbia-Fudan Global Summit on Aging & Health: A Dialogue on Research, Policy, Health Systems and Industry Initiatives" with lead partner Mailman School of Public Health, in its media operations, event promotion, and conference management. 

The Center also supported high-level meeting arrangements, a site visit to the Aiwan Project II for Ideas on Aging (part of the Columbia's President's Global Innovation Fund), as well as interviews with Mailman School of Public Health Dean Linda Fried, Professor Ursula Staudinger, and other members of the delegation, with CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, and People's Daily. 

Columbia University School of Social Work Event Series-  

Symposium on Income Inequality and Social Policy in China: Achievements, Challenges, and Directions


On October 22, the Center assisted Columbia's School of Social Work with its "Symposium on Income Inequality and Social Policy in China: Achievements, Challenges, and Directions," jointly hosted with the China Institute for Income Distribution and Beijing Normal University. The symposium invited 23 experts and scholars from academic institutions, government agencies, and international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, and the World Bank. Topics include income distribution, poverty reduction, child development, pension reform, and elderly care, among others. About 70 participants joined the conference.

Admissions Information Session and Faculty Lecture


On October 23, the Beijing Center assisted the School of Social Work with an information session and faculty lecture on "Sleep in the 21st Century: A Global Crisis". Dean of the School, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, faculty, and admissions staff attended the event and discussed the school's curriculum and admissions process. More than 40 potential applicants joined the event.

On October 27, the Beijing Center supported an information session in Shanghai for the School of Social Work.

Mid-Autumn Festival Reception for Parents

On September 13, the Beijing Center hosted a reception for parents of currently enrolled Columbia College students. About 20 parents joined to enjoy a warm and heartfelt gathering. The parents heard about the Beijing Center’s work this year and shared their suggestions for how the Center could improve its services.
  • Upcoming Events

Columbia-China History Exhibition

In January 2017, the Beijing Center will present an exhibition featuring one of Columbia's Chinese Alumni, Hu Shih, titled "Hu Shih in the Intellectual History of the 20th Century in China", in partnership with the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Peking University and Peking University Library. Details for the opening ceremony and related panel discussions will be coming soon. 

Christmas & New Year Receptions

The Beijing Center will host receptions for alumni, parents and current students at the end of December and early January. Please stay tuned for the further information.

Columbia Beijing Speaker Series

In January, 2017, the Beijing Center will invite faculty from Columbia's Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC), Teachers College, and Columbia Business School to present thematic talks to our local audience. 
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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing launched in March 2009. The Center’s major programmatic themes include aging and public health, arts and culture, entrepreneurship, energy and sustainability. The Center runs an active public events program featuring Columbia faculty and local experts on diverse topics ranging from international economics to environmental engineering to film studies. The Center hosts various student programs throughout the year to engage Columbia undergraduate and graduate students, young scholars and alumni in China and provide exchange opportunities, including pre-departure orientation for new students, new student and alumni social gatherings, student workshops, the Graduate Students and Young Scholars Meeting Program organized in partnership with Columbia's Weatherhead East Asian Institute. The Center also hosts diverse projects under the President’s Global Innovation Fund, such as the Ideas on Aging, which is hosted in collaboration with Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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哥伦比亚大学全球中心 | 北京成立于2009年3月。中心核心项目主题包括公共卫生与老龄化问题研究、艺术与文化、创新创业,以及能源和可持续发展。北京中心自成立以来,经常举办各种公开的对话和讲座活动,邀请来自哥伦比亚大学的教授和当地专家共同参与包括国际经济、环境工程、电影研究等广泛的话题讨论。北京中心也举办各种学生项目活动,旨在为在华的哥伦比亚大学本科生、研究生、学者和校友提供交流的平台,包括学生工作坊、新生行前交流会、新生与校友联谊活动,以及与魏德海东亚研究所共同主办的哥伦比亚大学研究生与青年学者研讨及联谊会等。北京中心也支持哥伦比亚大学校长全球创新基金项目,内容涉及各种主题,包括与梅尔曼公共卫生学院合作的老龄化研究项目。

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