Columbia Goes Global: The Next 50 Years
Is GED Online Accredited?

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You have to be more careful now to get into any online program, only spend your money after confirming the credibility of any online program from your local educational departments. There are some institutions which provide High School online test but you should check the credibility of that program too before registering yourself in it, So GED Online Test is not real but GED test preparation can …

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What is a "global education?"

Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:04 am by rth2102

A global education - we all aspire to it. As teachers want to provide it, as students to receive it. We associate with "global education" all that desirable: the ideal of responsible "global citizens" capable to think (and act) both local and global, the values of tolerance and diversity, and visions of leadership for the challenges ahead.

What does "global …

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State Approved High School Diploma

Sat May 26, 2012 9:05 am by raisaboniifacio

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From The Inside Looking Out

Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:46 pm by Mark Stothers

First Thought:

How many of these facts are new to you?

Second Thought:

There might be a lot more to know about America's closest geographic neighbor. Imagine the opportunity across an ocean.

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Humanities and professional teaching

Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:31 pm by es

What should be the respective share of humanities and professional teaching in the Core?

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What is a "global education?"

Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:42 am by Erica Kassman

A global education is not necessarily a set of facts or courses. As has already been said, it is a sense of open-mindedness, a willingly to acknowledge other possibility, to let the mind go beyond the present setting and to imagine other ways and other peoples. The culture in which you are raised, for better of for worse, endows you with a certain view of the world and how to operate in it. But …

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How are education and service connected?

Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:16 pm by kristykelly

Columbia University has a longstanding history of community service and engagement. Service learning opportunities ideally allow students to connect classroom instruction with community activities to enhance reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility. How do these connections change when learning or working "globally"?

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What University....

Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:59 pm by Mark Stothers

... is this picture from?

... and where is it located?

(scroll down for answer)

Would you have guessed - Tsinghua, the leading science/tech school in

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Engineering versus liberal arts: Who is right?

Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:14 pm by zhangchunjie

The following link offers an interesting view. Please feel free to comment.’s-right—bill-or-steve/

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1 Engineering versus liberal arts: Who is right? on Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:14 pm

The following link offers an interesting view. Please feel free to comment.’s-right—bill-or-steve/

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2 engineering or liberal arts? on Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:17 pm

I think there's a lot of merit to a full liberal arts education because it gets you to think on a higher level and out of the box. That being said, there are practical and technical skills students need to know when searching for jobs. When I was applying for finance interviews, the general sentiment from recruiters is that they'd rather take Wharton and NYU Stern kids over Columbia because they are taught classes in their finance major, which Columbia only offers economics. Columbia's new Financial Econ major is a step in the right direction, but I feel that the course selection is still a bit lacking. More access to Business school courses would be great.

Also, I think that Columbia should add a class to the CORE requirements (maybe a semester or half of one) in public speaking and professional presentation. Although Columbia students are brilliant academically, their intelligence is not always get conveyed properly. Social skills are just as if not more important than book smarts.

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3 Engineering and liberal arts on Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:00 pm


When considering this dichotomy, it's important to consider the skills that might be valuable at different points in a person's career. I am willing to acknowledge that engineering majors have an easier time finding work; however, a liberal arts education emphasizes skills that become more important later in a career. An engineer who can't think creatively, communicate effectively, manage other people, and gather inspiration from other industries will never make it far up the corporate ladder.

On a separate note, we must work hard not to take this division too seriously. The worst thing a "liberal arts" or "engineering person" can do is fail to recognize the contributions their counterparts can offer. We each have strengths and weaknesses, and we are most successful when we recognize and harness the complimentary skills in others.

In a sense the juxtaposition of engineering and liberal arts education is very useful because it keeps a number of doors open. It's nearly impossible to head into an engineering graduate program with with a history major, but an engineering major at a liberal arts college would have a chance at history or political science graduate study.

On a separate note - a piece of information about Steve Jobs comes to mind. A few months ago I read that Steve Jobs had numerous extraneous interests during college including calligraphy. Many people thought (perhaps Jobs himself) that calligraphy was not a useful skill. But in the coming years, Jobs was able to integrate his external skills to add utility in his work. Jobs used his calligraphy skills to design the original apple typeface which has been used on millions of computer systems. A tangential interest at one time - yes? Valuable in the long run - definitely.

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I'm never going to be an engineer, yet every day I benefit from the innovations of those who have chosen to pursue careers in science and technology. When I send a text, ride on the subway or microwave leftovers at 1 AM, I know that science is improving my quality of life. These innovations are easy to see, but I wonder if people notice as much the benefit of the arts when they turn on their iPod or admire the latest cover of The New Yorker. It’s easy to take the arts for granted in ways that you can’t with technology--theoretically, it’s easier to imagine living without Lady Gaga or the latest clothing fashions than it is to think about going without running water or (for many of us!) cell phones or the internet. But just because the arts may be considered “luxuries” in some ways does not make them any less of a necessity.
An education in the humanities teaches skills that are applicable to any other subjects—creativity, diligence and resilience (have you ever asked an actor how many auditions they had to attend before they got a job?).However, when push comes to shove and money gets tight, these programs are the first to get cut in our public schools. If arts programs keep getting the short end of the stick budget-wise, we will continue to place a premium on math and science, subjects that, while vitally important, are made even better by cross-disciplinary training with the arts and humanities.
Once students get to college, they are asked to specialize. In many ways, I hate the idea of a major because it suggests that you have chosen to focus on one subject to the exclusion of others. The great thing about Columbia (and the main reason I chose to come here) is that the Core recognizes the importance of pursuing your individual interests, but also the necessity of having those passions grounded in a broad liberal arts education that makes you study not only music and literature, but the sciences, as well. Even though I know I’m never going to be a particle physicist, because I’ve taken Frontiers of Science I can read a newspaper article on the crippled nuclear reactors in Japan and understand the science behind the crisis. That’s just another example of knowledge being power.

If you don’t believe me, just ask Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

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