History and Mission

The CAA was founded in 2005 with an opening gala at New York's Museum of Modern Art.  In 2007, the CAA launched in Europe with the marquis "CAA Paris 2007" event, featuring a conference with notables such as Kofi Annan, Jeff Sachs, Joe Stiglitz, and Orhan Pamuk, School-based receptions, and a semi-formal gala.

The CAA has grown to support over 100 alumni clubs and shared interest groups, an online Alumni Directory and numerous social networks facilitating unlimited connections, a suite of career resources, and opportunities to connect in person through social, cultural, and intellectual programs.

In 2012, Lee C. Bollinger launched a Presidential Task Force to look at the next five years of the CAA. The CAA 2017 Strategic Plan lies out a healthy future for our Columbia connections and the possibilities of our alma mater, with a focus on five areas:

  1. School-based relationships and collaborations
  2. Volunteer development and empowerment
  3. Best practices 
  4. CAA Awareness
  5. Communications

The Columbia University Club of Shenzhen was officially founded in 2017 and initially had links to the Columbia Alumni Association of Guangdong. Some of the founding members continue to serve on the board and the club has grown tremendously over the years. As Shenzhen continues to grow in prominence in China and the world, we continue to see an influx of Columbia alumni and we will continue our efforts to expand and extend the value of the alumni network here in Shenzhen, as well as within China and Asia.

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