The Columbia Global Centers | Amman was established in March 2009 as one of the first in the network of Columbia Global Centers. The Center was launched under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and was created because of the realization of President Lee C. Bollinger, and a number of other University leaders, that Columbia needed to learn more about the world around it and engage more fully with global partners. With its headquarters in Amman, Jordan, the Center serves as a hub for programs and educational initiatives throughout the Middle East. These activities serve mutually beneficial ends: the Center offers Columbia students and faculty opportunities to expand scholarship, and its work contributes to knowledge exchange and skill development with academics, experts and practitioners throughout the region.
From the outset, there was little question that the Middle East was ripe with opportunities—and needs—for implementing Columbia’s global strategy. From renewable energy to nuclear proliferation, some of the most important global issues are rooted in the region. The choice of establishing a foundation in the region is essential in terms of better understanding geopolitical trends, improving East-West relations, and promoting religious and cultural tolerance. The Middle East region is rich in history and culture and is fertile ground for growth and development. With many of the region’s countries boasting upwards of 35 percent of their population under age 15, the youthful nature of the region must rapidly develop to meet the demands their countries will face in the coming decades. And though the region once boasted the world’s first libraries and impressive educational traditions in engineering, medicine, and literature, the legacy of scholarship in the Middle East has suffered from neglect and insufficient funding for centuries; requiring significant investment and innovation in the field of education.
Columbia Global Centers | Amman
5 Moh'd Al Sa'd Al-Batayneh Street | King Hussein Park
P.O.Box 144706 | Amman 11814 – Jordan