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Oxford Study Programme - Global Challenges for the Future of Humanity Online Winter Course

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Welcome to the 2021 Global Challenges for Future of Humanity Winter Course (Online)!

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

With Covid-19, the world has been ushered into a period of uncertainty and instability. The pandemic has triggered a series of public health, economic, social and geo-political crises on 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 our 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 is ever more pressing.

The Global Challenges for the Future of Humanity Short Course is part of the Oxford Study Programme provided through Summit Education Enterprise (SEE), a leading education organisation based in Oxford, United Kingdom, which is accredited by the British Accreditation Council as a Short Course Provider for Independent Further and Higher Education. The Short 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 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 crises. 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 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 the short research and practice-based projects. The course also provides sessions that help 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 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 - Global Challenges for the Future of Humanity Online Winter Course
Saturday 30th January 2021 — Monday 8th February 2021




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 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.