Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi was established in Kenya on 12th May, 2011 and was officially launched in 2012 by the then President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Hon. Mwai Kibaki. The establishment of the Center ushered in an exciting new era in objective, unbiased scholarship in and for Africa. The Nairobi Center aims to become the preeminent research and development institute providing thought leadership, cutting edge research, and expansion of scientific knowledge in the region. As an essential hub in the global centers network, and the only one to be based in Africa, the Center links Kenya and the continent to a vast body of knowledge, scholarship and enquiry, and provides an avenue for Africa to influence debates at the highest level.
The Nairobi Center facilitates academic institutions, governments, private sector, NGOs, multinational and others in the Eastern and Southern African region to work collaboratively with Columbia University students and faculty, to address critical global issues as equal partners. Through these efforts, we aim to enhance understanding and to participate in the advancing and exchange of knowledge. The Center’s office is gradually being filled with Columbia University programs, schools, students, and academics, who are working closely with Kenyan Government Ministries, and Kenya-based NGOs and universities to conduct a host of research and development initiatives.