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Columbia Global Centers | Beijing


Columbia Global Centers | Beijing assists Columbia with its various research and teaching programs in East Asia and serves as a regional base in Beijing, China for interacting locally with students, faculty, and alumni.

Columbia Global Centers | Beijing (哥伦比亚大学全球中心 | 东亚) was one of the first centers to launch in March 2009 and is based in Beijing, China. The Center is directed by Joan Kaufman, who most recently was a lecturer at Harvard Medical School and distinguished scientist at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. The Center’s Faculty Steering Committee is chaired by Merit Janow, professor of International Economic Law and International Affairs at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. The major foci of the center include urbanization and urban design, economics, urban health, international affairs, undergraduate programs. Major projects include the Urban China Initiative, assessing rapid urbanization; Weatherhead Forum, a collaboration with the Weatherhead East Asian Institute; the Global Scholars Program, an undergraduate summer course led by Columbia University faculty in China and at one other global center.


  • Assist Columbia University in the development and execution of its various research and teaching programs in China and the East Asia region
  • Serve as a regional base, enabling the Columbia University academic community to interact on a local level with students, faculty, and alumni
  • Leverage Columbia University's superb research capabilities to initiate China and East Asia-focused projects on a variety of issues and to offer assessment, advice and solutions to contribute to China and East Asia's growth
  • Encourage collaboration across academic disciplines, regionally and globally with faculty and students
  • Enable Columbia's students and faculty to work and study in a global context
  • Collaborate with other global centers to facilitate cross-regional projects and research globalization and its effect


Columbia Global Centers | Beijing

No. 26, 1 F, Core Plaza, No.1

Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian, Beijing, China 100080. 

Phone: +86-10-82483997