The Columbia Global Centers initiative was officially launched in March 2009. This program engages the entire campus in a conversation that is at once global and interdisciplinary. The currently operating Centers in Beijing and Amman are just the beginning. Spring 2010 both the Mumbai and Paris locations will be opened; this will mark the transition from what is now largely a start-up operation, to a legitimately global network of research, internship, outreach and service opportunities.
As programs begin to find homes at both of the operating Global Centers, the mission of the initiative becomes more and more clear. Not only are regional alumni activities and internship opportunities developed as the Centers begin to grow, but global programs such as Studio-X (run by the School of Architecture Planning and Preservation) benefit from the physical and administrative infrastructure that the Centers provide.