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New centre to help transform Jordan into hub of intellectual activity – Queen

Scholars and researchers in the country will have the opportunity to carry out research on several essential topics, benefiting from expertise of global experts and academicians from Columbia University, thanks to a new centre launched in the capital yesterday.

Affiliated with Columbia University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the US, the centre is among the first of a network of centres around the world that seek to promote and facilitate international collaborations, new research projects, academic programming and study abroad.

The Columbia Global Centres-Amman, the university’s second outside the US after one opened in Beijing earlier this week, aims to enhance cooperation between experts from Columbia University and local researchers and students in conducting research on several issues such as education reform, water issues, development of legal principles, architecture and sustainable development, Lee C. Bollinger, university president, said yesterday.

In her opening address at the launch yesterday, Her Majesty Queen Rania said the Amman centre will

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