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Oxford Study Programme - Cultural Leadership: Tradition & Innovation Online Winter Course

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Welcome to the 2021 Cultural Leadership: Tradition & Innovation Winter Course!

Keywords: cultural leadership, cultural heritage, cultural & creative sector, culture & civilisation, design & planning, fashion, literary production, media, museums, music, sustainability, urban and cosmopolitan development

Our world and civilisation are at a critical juncture. Across the globe, cultural and social disintegration, economic recessions, public health crises, political instability, international conflicts, and environmental disasters post unprecedented challenges to many cities, regions, and countries. Together these compounded challenges are destabilising the world and rendering the future of humanity and civilisation vulnerable. The need to train leaders with a clear understanding of the importance roles cultural development has played in safeguarding and revitalising human societies and the skills needed to lead cultural innovation, manage cultural organisations and creatively address the key issues of our times is ever more pressing.

The Cultural Leadership: Tradition & Innovation Short Course is designed to help talented university students and professionals aspiring to leadership positions explore the importance of cultural development within its historical and modern contexts so as to learn how to preserve our cultural heritage whilst achieving innovation to maintain cultural vibrancy and contribute to critical aspects of the contemporary world. Aiming to connect top research and best practice, the course engages attendees in interactive and participatory lectures and workshops taught by leading experts from relevant branches of the University of Oxford and other leading research institutions, cultural institutions, and creative industry. Together the experts will showcase the indispensable roles the cultural and creative sectors have played in meaningful human existence and their capacity to contribute to cultural, economic, environmental, social, urban, and peace development in the world. The course also brings in 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 attendees develop important leadership skills in cultural and creative sectors. 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 in relevant research and practice-based projects to help tackle local challenges in relevant parts of the world.

The course has contributed to the success of previous attendees’ 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.

Programme Title
Oxford Study Programme - Cultural Leadership: Tradition & Innovation Online Winter Course
Saturday 23rd January 2021 — Monday 1st February 2021




Managing Cultural Institution

Literary Production

Heritage & Sustainability

Music, Media and Society

Cultural Industry and Cosmopolitanism


Postgraduate applications and research

Public speaking & debating

Research methods

Project management

Working with international design and planning firm

Sharing Sessions

Outstanding postgraduate students from Oxford and other leading UK universities share about their relevant fields of study and work and hold panel discussions with attendees.


There will also be online cultural sessions that provide virtual Oxford tour and introduce British culture, as well as online social events that are designed to help attendees to get to know one another and the Oxford students involved in the course.


Our rights to make changes to the online short course
We endeavour to deliver the online 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 online short course before and after the start of the online short course: (1) the course date, schedule and timetable; (2) the course content and syllabus; (3) teaching faculty; and (4) the delivery method.