Columns on the Columbia campus

The world is confronting substantial challenges, including climate change, wealth and income inequality, food insecurity and threats to cybersecurity. Columbia University has launched a new initiative — Columbia World Projects — that will use its distinctive strengths in research and practice across a broad range of fields to take on these challenges by developing projects that will positively affect people’s lives. Columbia World Projects also studies how university scholarship and resources can be used most effectively to address world challenges. As part of its mission to use academic resources to enhance the work of people making positive change around the world, Columbia World Projects hosts an annual cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars, rising civic leaders from around the world, for a year-long residency at Columbia.