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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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UNICC & Columbia SPS Think-a-Thon

Advancing human welfare and confronting the great challenges of our time

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The Columbia University School of Professional Studies is partnering with the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) to bring students and alumni together to help advance human welfare and confront the great challenges of our time.

We invite students and alumni of Columbia University, along with their teams, to join the UNICC & Columbia SPS Think-A-Thon to propose solutions for challenges presented by President Lee Bollinger’s Columbia World Projects and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Participants will form multidisciplinary teams of 3–5 individuals and select a challenge prompt in one of the following categories:

  1. Disaster Preparedness
  2. Gender Equality
  3. Cybersecurity

Think-a-Thon Goals: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Communication, Presentation

  1. Heightened Awareness of Global Challenges and Priorities 
  2. Capacity Building for Sustainable Development Decision Making
  3. Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration of Diverse Perspectives for New Thinking