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Office of International Affairs
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Box: 4 * Phone: (212) 678-4008 * Fax: (212) 678-4133 * Email: email@example.com
Director: Portia Williams
Featured Work Around the World
Learn about how TC faculty, students, and alumni are making significant contributions across the globe.
“The 1.1 million Syrians who fled to Lebanon, close to one fourth of the nation’s population- have been exposed to extreme adversities before and during their escape”
Lena Verdeli, Ph.D, MSc
Director, Teachers College Global Mental Health Lab, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology
“The outcomes of this study will serve as a prototype for community-based service provision in a population that continues to be stigmatized, criminalized and at-risk for sexual and reproductive health hazards.”
Srishti Sardana, pursuing a Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology
“Researching the Haitian mango trade can help us understand how corporate-driven globalization affects the lives of the people it intends to help.”
Dr. Kiran Jayaram,
Ph.D., Applied Anthropology, Teachers College Columbia University, 2014
Past and Present
Did You Know?
TC’s commitment and work around the world has been part of the College’s mission almost since its founding. In 1898, a trip abroad convinced TC’s Dean James Earl Russell to offer the first course in the country on foreign school systems.
TC’s International and Comparative Education program was established in 1899 making it the oldest graduate program in the United States, possibly in the world. The program has produced leaders in international organizations, government as well as in academia who have shaped education in developing countries, fragile states, and advanced economies.
In 1923, TC established an International Institute, which pioneered efforts in international education reform and the professional training of foreign education leaders and students.
In 1961, at the request of President Kennedy and with a grant from the International Cooperation Agency, TC launched Teachers for East Africa, a program that provided skilled teachers for secondary schools and teacher training colleges during the complex transition from colonial rule to independent states.
In 2014, Teachers College launched its first International Pre-graduate Program. For more information, click here.
A century ago, Kuo Ping Wen, a young man from Nanjing, China, became his country’s first recipient of a Ph.D. from TC. Later, Kuo became the first President of China’s Southeast University and introduced educational approaches learned from TC’s John Dewey and Paul Monroe. Kuo was also the first among a group of brilliant TC students from China who would remake schooling in their country.
In 1986, TC psychologist Morton Deutsch created TC’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. Deutsch--widely regarded as a founding father of this field--also advised the U.N. Security Council and the New York City school system, while also creating conflict resolution methodologies used in personal relationships.
TC’s 2015 student body is composed of 19.5 percent international students from eighty-one different countries
Events and Updates
Teachers College Announces New Academic Immersion Seminar
Newly admitted students can now accelerate their introduction to the rigors of graduate studies and academic life. (see more)
TC Visiting Scholars Go Back to School
The Teachers College Community School in Harlem is usually filled with the sound of young voices; but this spring, a group of Teachers College Visiting Scholars... (see more)
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