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Oxford Future of Cities Programme - Global Challenges and the Future of Humanity Summer Course

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Welcome to the 2021 Oxford Future of Cities Programme - Global Challenges and the Future of Humanity Summer Course!

Keywords: global challenges, future of humanity, economy, international stability, public health, social stability, environment and climate change, science & technology, ethics, urbanisation

With the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has been ushered into a period of uncertainty and instability. The pandemic has triggered a disruptive series of public health, economic, social and geo-political crises at a global scale. In the meantime, the challenges brought about by the pandemic are exacerbated by other fast-growing and intensified global risks, such as climate change-related disasters, rapid urbanisation, ethnic and racial tensions, cultural disintegration, social unrest, regional and global conflicts, and depleting resources. Together these compounded global challenges are destabilising the world and rendering the future of humanity and civilisation vulnerable. The need to train leaders with a global perspective, advanced skills, and shared values and goals and commitment that could help tackle these challenges for global peace, prosperity and stability has never been more pressing.

The Oxford Future of Cities Programme - Global Challenges and the Future of Humanity Short Course is provided in collaboration with the University of Oxford Network for the Future of Cities. The course is designed to equip talented university students and professionals aspiring to pursue leadership positions in research and management careers in confronting the key challenges for the future of humanity from a multidisciplinary and global perspective on local, regional, national and international levels. These key challenges include major economic, environmental and climatic, geo-political, public health, social, and scientific and technological issues.

Aiming to connect top research and best practice, the course engages attendees in interactive lectures and workshops taught by leading experts from relevant branches of the University of Oxford and other leading higher education and research institutions, business and industrial organisations, and government agencies in the UK.

The course also invites outstanding young scholars and professionals at the University of Oxford to share their study and work experience and to guide attendees in short research and practice-based projects. The course also provides sessions that help the attendees develop important leadership skills necessary for tackling global challenges. As an integral part of this course, attendees are given the opportunity of applying their knowledge and experience under the supervision of experienced supervisors or tutors to working on relevant research and practice-based projects to help tackle local challenges in relevant parts of the world where the University of Oxford Network for the Future of Cities has existing partnerships.

Programme Title
Oxford Future of Cities Programme - Global Challenges and the Future of Humanity Summer Course
Saturday 17th July 2021 — Friday 30th July 2021

Online or Residential



Environment and Climate Change


International Relations

Social Stability

Public Health

Science & Technology



Postgraduate applications and research

Public speaking & debating

Research methods

Project management

Working with international organisations

Sharing Sessions

Outstanding postgraduate students from Oxford and other leading UK universities share about how their studies and research contribute to tackling global challenges and hold panel discussions with attendees.


There will also be cultural & social activities that are designed to help attendees to experience British culture and get to know one another and the Oxford students involved in the course. The course also arranges relevant site visits and tours (applicable to residential attendees only).



Our rights to make changes to the short course
We endeavour to deliver the short courses as they are advertised in our course promotional materials. In response to the need for improvement of the course, the availability of teaching staff, operational demands, and changing circumstances, we may make changes to the following aspects of the short course before and after the start of the short course: (1) the course date, schedule and timetable; (2) the course content and syllabus; (3) teaching faculty; and (4) the delivery method.