Welcome to 2021 Oxford Future of Cities Summer Courses (Online)
No matter where they are, cities face mounting and compounded challenges unlike ever before. The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in a disruptive series of public health, economic, social, and political crises, while a growing number of cities are threatened by intensifying global risks, such as climate disasters, ethnic and racial tensions, cultural disintegration, conflicts, and depleting resources. The need to train leaders in tackling these challenges for the viability of our urban future has never been more pressing.
Starting in 2016, these short courses are designed to do just that, offering a critical understanding of major aspects of historical, contemporary, and near-future urban development within their wider contexts from a global perspective, with case studies that explore innovative practices balancing the economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainable urban development. They also provide leadership training in the key areas of sustainable urban development within their global, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral contexts to make cities flexible, healthy, inclusive, resilient, and vibrant in response to evolving challenges and circumstances, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Aiming to connect top research and best practice, the courses engage attendees in interactive lectures and workshops taught by leading experts at the University of Oxford and other leading UK universities, practitioners from the UK government, and key players in business and industry.
The courses also help attendees develop leadership skills, including research, communication, project management, and problem-solving skills, through practical skills training workshops. Additionally, the courses offer an opportunity for attendees to be guided by experienced supervisors in participating in relevant research and practice-based projects, to help tackle local and global challenges. .
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.
The courses are co-hosted by the University of Oxford Network for the Future of Cities, Summit Education Enterprise (SEE) and Oxford Sustainable Enterprise. SEE is responsible for developing and managing the courses.
The courses are normally held in-person at the University of Oxford. But due to the pandemic, we plan to offer the courses online, and resume in-person courses when it is safe to do so. We warmly welcome you to apply to participate in these courses.
In 2021, we plan to offer three online summer courses. Please click on the course images below for further details about the courses and their application information.