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Oxford Future of Cities Summer Course (Online) 'Global Challenges and the Future of Humanity'

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Welcome to the 2021 Oxford Future of Cities Summer Course (Online) – ‘Global Challenges and the Future of Humanity’!

 Keywords: Global Challenges, Future of Humanity, Environment and Climate Change, Global Economic Governance, Global Ethics, International Stability, Public Health and Society, Disruptive and Emerging Technologies, Urbanisation

This course is designed to equip talented university students and professionals aspiring to leadership positions with a critical understanding of the key global challenges shaping the future of humanity and with relevant skills and experience to help tackle these challenges. These include challenges such as environmental and climate change, public health, global economy, international relations, ethics, the impact of disruptive and emerging technologies, and urbanisation.

Leading experts from relevant research fields at the University of Oxford and other top research institutions in the UK will help attendees learn to critically assess these challenges from a historical, interdisciplinary, and global perspective through interactive lectures.

The course also helps attendees develop important leadership skills, including research, communication, cross-cultural, project management, and problem-solving skills. Outstanding young scholars and professionals will share their experiences. As an integral part of the course, attendees will be guided by supervisors in working on research and practice-based projects to learn to help tackle relevant global challenges and make contributions to 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 together with the course module sheet which attendees may use to apply for academic credits at their home institutions.

The courses have enriched attendees’ academic and professional experiences, 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.

Programme Title
'Global Challenges and the Future of Humanity'
Monday 19th July 2021 — Wednesday 28th July 2021



Global Economic Governance

Public Health and Society

International Stability

Global Ethics

Disruptive and Emerging Technologies


Environment and Climate Change


Public Speaking & Debating

Research Methods

Project Management

Working with International Organisations

Sharing Sessions

Sharing of academic and professional experiences in relevant fields.


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.