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Columbia Business School is to collaborate with the Harlem Children’s Zone, which provides education and community programmes to more than 10,000 children and adults in New York, with the hope that both the business school and the social group will benefit.

The business school will provide executive education programmes and faculty consulting to the project, including a place on the Columbia Executive MBA from autumn 2007 for one HCZ team member - the Harlem Children’s Zone Fellowship, as it will be called. In particular, some 20 senior and middle managers from HCZ will attend programmes at the Institute for Non-profit Management at Columbia. The first six managers will enrol this spring.

The programmes, which will span a two-year period, will be funded by a gift from the Carson Family Charitable Trust.

Meanwhile HCZ will provide internship opportunities in the summer for students on the Columbia MBA. The students will be funded by Columbia’s social enterprise programme.

“The social enterprise programme at Columbia Business School has seen a very sharp increase in student and faculty involvement in recent years,” says Ray Horton, professor of ethics and corporate governance and director of the social enterprise programme. “This collaboration provides our students and faculty the opportunity to be involved in, to learn from, and to contribute to one of the most dynamic and important social service organisations of our day.“


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