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Oxford Future of Cities Summer Course (Online) 'Cultural Leadership: Tradition & Innovation'

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Welcome to the 2021 Oxford Future of Cities Summer Course - 'Cultural Leadership: Tradition & Innovation'!

Keywords: Cultural Leadership, Cultural Heritage, Museums, Public Engagement, Literary Heritage, Films, Media Production, Technological Innovation, Managing Cultural Organisations, Creative Industries, Cultural History, Cultural and Social Identity, Cultural Influence, Urban Economy and Regeneration, Creativity and Productivity, Health and Wellbeing

This course is designed to equip talented university students and professionals aspiring to cultural leadership positions with a critical understanding of the vital roles cultural heritage and creative industries play in the cultural, socio-economic and spatial development of cities for the health, wellbeing and productivity of urban living. It also aims to help develop relevant skills and experience to advance the development of the cultural sectors and tackle some of the key challenges faced by the heritage and creative sectors today.

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 research institutions, cultural institutions, and creative industries in the UK. Together the experts will showcase the indispensable roles the cultural heritage sector and creative industries have played in urban space and their capacity to interact with other aspects of urban society to contribute to human flourishing, sustainable development, and urban regeneration.

The course also invites outstanding young scholars and professionals at the University of Oxford to share their academic or professional experience and to guide attendees in short research and practice projects. The course also offers sessions that help the attendees develop important leadership skills in the cultural heritage sector and creative industries. As an integral part of this course, attendees are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and experience under the supervision of experienced supervisors or tutors to working on relevant research and practice-based projects to help tackle relevant local and global challenges and make significant contributions to urban development in various parts of the world.

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 together with the course module sheet which attendees may use to apply for academic credits at their home institutions.

The courses have contributed to the success of our course alumni's applications for relevant postgraduate degree courses at the world’s leading institutions and for relevant internships and jobs at government institutions, NGOs, and business and industrial organisations in countries and regions such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, UK, and US. 

Programme Title
'Cultural Leadership: Tradition & Innovation'
Thursday 29th July 2021 — Saturday 7th August 2021



Museum, Cultural Heritage, and Identity

Museums and Public Engagement

Urban Economy and Regeneration

Literary Heritage and Cultural Influence

Media Production

Technological Innovation

Managing Cultural Institutions


Public Speaking & Debating

Research Methods

Project Management

Working with International Design and Planning Firms

Sharing Sessions

Sharing of academic and professional experiences in relevant fields.


Research & Practice Projects

Guided and supervised by experienced researchers and professionals.


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.



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.