18 Jul 2016
Global Cities, Global Challenges International Seminar Series
The UN Global Compact – Cities Programme and the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies – RMIT University will host a seminar series titled “Global Cities, Global Challenges: Understanding the Urban Implications of Climate Change, Energy and Food Security in Asia Pacific.”
A total of 21 sessions will take place between July 2016 and January 2017 covering diverse topics such as sustainable, ethical and low carbon cities; urban energy transitions; energy efficiency and the built environment; and urban resilience. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the urban experience in Tokyo, Shanghai, Honolulu, Melbourne, Bangkok and Apia.
As a sub-theme, the seminar series will also explore the challenges facing small island states in the Pacific with a focus on sea level rise, ocean acidification, fisheries loss and coral reef decline.
The seminar series is jointly organised with the University of Hawaii, Waseda University and the National University of Samoa. Students in classrooms at these universities will be connected real-time via video conferencing.
Guest lectures will also be provided by the Asian Institute of Technology, University of the Ryukyus, Chiba University of Commerce, Tongji University, United Nations University, National Institute for Environmental Studies of Japan and the Government of Samoa.
The partner universities are offering this seminar series to students enrolled in specific graduate programmes. For RMIT, the series is an elective in the Master of International Urban and Environmental Management.
This collaborative educational programme has been on-going since 2003 (coincidentally the same year the Cities Programme was launched) and to date over 1,500 students have successfully completed the courses.