Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim - President and CEO of Columbia College Chicago

A New Vision for Columbia College Chicago

Kwang-Wu Kim, D.M.A. President and CEO of Columbia College Chicago

At Columbia College Chicago, we are redefining what it means to be a great educational institution. Rather than trumpeting our eliteness, we celebrate the value we bring to our students and through them to the world. Our mission makes it clear that we are no ordinary school. Our commitment to preparing students to author the culture of their times reflects our understanding that young creative individuals require skills, knowledge and a powerful sense of agency in the world if they are to build their own pathways to success. Our promise goes beyond that of preparing our students for careers. At Columbia College Chicago, we take seriously our responsibility to educate our students for successful, meaningful lives.

To be at Columbia College Chicago is to be a member of a broadly inclusive community which celebrates diversity because we know that in the 21st century, the newest and best ideas will come from everywhere and everyone. And our community is inextricably linked to the city of Chicago, one of the world’s most vibrant cultural and creative centers; situated in the city’s burgeoning South Loop, Columbia students are part of the largest single community of college students in any American city, truly America’s urban campus.

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