Higher education is recognised as a key mechanism for sustainable development — the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 11 focuses on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Universities play a critical role in the context of sustainable cities in two key dimensions:
i) the production of graduates in fields such as urban planning, public management and policy, engineering, to name a few;
ii) in the production of knowledge, through research and innovation, needed to understand and address the diverse challenges of sustainable urban development.
Panel members from across the globe will share examples and insights, discussing the future role that universities will play in these two crucial areas.
- Joseph Hoffman, SPHEIR Team Leader, British Council, UK (Chair)
- Professor Tade Akin Aina, Executive Director, Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR), Kenya
- Professor Philip Dearden, Head of Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT), University of Wolverhampton, UK
- Professor Dr Ali Khaki Sedigh, Chancellor, K.N. Toosi, University of Technology, Iran
- Professor Dr Shiv Kumar Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University Meghalaya, India