2021 Oxford Future of Cities Summer Courses (Online)







No matter where they are, cities face mounting and compounded challenges unlike ever before. The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in a disruptive series of public health, economic, social, and political crises, while a growing number of cities are threatened by intensifying global risks, such as climate disasters, ethnic and racial tensions, cultural disintegration, conflicts, and depleting resources. The need to train leaders in tackling these challenges for the viability of our urban future has never been more pressing.

These short courses are designed to do just that, offering a critical understanding of, and leadership training in, the key areas of sustainable urban development to make cities flexible, healthy, inclusive, resilient, and vibrant in response to evolving challenges and circumstances, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. These areas include governance and policy, design and planning, technology and innovation, business and economics, and social and cultural development. Starting in 2016, the courses have now expanded to cover the wider cultural, economic, historical, geo-political, social, scientific, and technological contexts within which sustainable urban development could be achieved.

Aiming to connect top research and best practice, the courses engage attendees in interactive lectures and workshops taught by leading experts at the University of Oxford and other leading UK universities, practitioners from the UK government, and key players in business and industry. The courses provide a critical understanding of major aspects of historical, contemporary, and near-future urban development within their wider contexts from a global perspective, with case studies that explore innovative practices balancing the economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainable urban development.

The courses also aim to help attendees develop leadership training, including research, communication, project management, and problem-solving skills, through practical skills training workshops. Additionally, the courses offer an opportunity for attendees to be guided by experienced supervisors in participating in relevant research and practice-based projects, to help tackle local challenges in locations where the Oxford Network for the Future of Cities has existing partnerships. In recent years, attendees were able to aid the public engagement of the University of Oxford’s museums by developing an innovative museum app, and help tackle major challenges for the implementation of the City of Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone and the application of autonomous vehicles and drones in smart transport and healthcare as the City of Oxford continues to be an innovation capital and a living laboratory for smart and sustainable urban development.

All the attendees who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Oxford Network for the Future of Cities. The courses have contributed significantly to previous attendees’ academic, professional and leadership development, whilst facilitating the fulfilment of their academic and career goals. Hundreds of talented students and professionals hailing from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Oceania, and the Middle East have attended and benefitted.

The courses are co-hosted by the University of Oxford Network for the Future of Cities, Summit Education Enterprise (SEE) and Oxford Sustainable Enterprise. Responsible for developing and managing the courses, SEE is an Oxford-based education organisation accredited by the British Accreditation Council and specialises in providing academic and professional short courses for university students and professionals.

The courses are normally held in-person at the University of Oxford. But due to the pandemic, we plan to offer the courses online this summer, and resume in-person courses when it is safe to do so. We warmly welcome you to apply through SEE’s application portal.

In summer 2021, we plan to offer the following online short courses (please click on the links below to view further details and how to apply to join the courses):

‘Global Challenges and the Future of Humanity’ Online Short Course (19–28 July 2021)
‘Cultural Leadership: Tradition and Innovation’ Online Short Course (29 July–7 August 2021)
‘Global Leadership for the Future of Cities: Smart and Sustainable Cities’ Online Short Course (8–17 August 2021)

Application Closing Date: 30 June 2021

*Early bird discount: A discount will be available for applicants who submit their applications and are accepted into the course before 31 May 2021.
*An additional discount will be available for applicants who apply for and are admitted into a second Oxford Future of Cities summer course.

If you have any queries about the Oxford Future of Cities Summer Courses, please contact:

Dr Samuel Chen, Short Courses Director
Oxford Future of Cities Summer Courses
Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS)
University of Oxford, 58 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6QS, United Kingdom
Email: samuel.chen@compas.ox.ac.uk

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