School of International and Public Affairs
|School of International and Public Affairs|
|Degrees||MPA, MIA, PhD|
|Enrollment||1,150 students (2005)|
Also known as SIPA, the School of International and Public Affairs is a graduate public policy school. It is based in the International Affairs Building.
The school's acronym is pronounced "See-Puh". Don't ever confuse it with the Securities Investor Protection Act (also SIPA, but pronounced "Sih-Puh").
It was spawned during an era when funding was poured into area studies programs as a result of the Cold War and the United States's post World War II abandonment of isolationism. The school came to be Columbia's incubator for the rising interdisciplinary trend in regional studies, and many of the university's regional studies institutes retain deep ties with the school.
Like Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, it serves as a sort of incubator for political figures whose party is currently out of office. Current New York State Governor David Paterson taught there at one point, as does former New York City mayor David Dinkins now. Bollinger frequently offers teaching slots to visiting world leaders who appear they might be on the way out.
SIPA is undergoing major changes. The school is planning on moving to a new facility on the Manhattanville campus, and a reorganization within the University by moving out from under the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and positioning itself more independently a la the professional schools.
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