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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.
Online or Residential
Environment and Climate Change
Science & Technology
Postgraduate applications and research
Public speaking & debating
Working with international organisations
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).