Capacity Building

We are committed to help strengthen the capacity of cities and regions to deal with the complexity of challenges that face them. Those challenges – and cities projects  – also offer valuable learning and experience for upcoming urban professionals. In addition to other services, we support university education, education and training for city practitioners and real-world experience for young professionals and graduates. A number of key initiatives are outlined here.

The Ethical Cities Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

The Ethical Cities MOOC is a collaboration between the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, RMIT University and FutureLearn. Designed as a five week course with roughly 25 hours of study, the course introduces the notion of the ethical city and examines it from the perspective of ethical leadership, urban development and planning, ethical local business and engaged, ethical citizenry.

Case studies are presented in the form of video briefs that explore various aspects of the ethical city in Melbourne, Barcelona, Porto Alegre and Rotorua. The ‘Ethical Cities’ MOOC is being developed by Dr Brendan Barrett and Citt Williams.

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A series of Sustainable Development in Cities webinars will commence from August 2016. These are being conducted for and with city and regional participants and partners with a focus on key issues and tools.

Cities Programme Internship Program

With a commitment to contribute to a global urban workforce whose tertiary training is enhanced with real vocational experience, a deeper understanding of the challenges that face our cities and practical experience of a principles-based approach to urban development and governance. These internships are of benefit to participant cities, through the skill set these high level interns bring to projects and support provided by the International Secretariat. For further information.

Global Cities, Global Challenges International Seminar Series

The Cities Programme is co-hosting the Global Cities, Global Challenges International Seminar Series. This long standing collaborative educational programme is catered to students from a range of university disciplines in eight countries to learn from the urban experience in Tokyo, Shanghai, Honolulu, Melbourne, Bangkok and Apia. For further information.

Feature Image: Women attending literacy course in Jamshedpur, India. Credit: Tata Steel