UCL Urban Laboratory


Urban Lab+ London Symposium 2015

16 September 2015–17 September 2015, 3:30 pm–6:30 pm

Global Urban Higher Education: the Challenges and Potentials of Internationalisation

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UCL Urban Laboratory and the Urban Lab+ International Network of Urban Laboratories will host a symposium on global approaches to urban higher education on 16-17 September 2015 in London. 

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The symposium is a chance for a wide community of urban educators and practitioners to address how inter- and trans-disciplinary learning can enhance global knowledge and address international issues in a world that is both rapidly urbanising and globalising. It is not always clear how international and intercultural approaches can best be implemented in practice, especially to ensure that urban education plays a constitutive role in addressing issues of inequality, or global disparities in the production of urban knowledge or the resources to develop and extend expertise, and this challenge will be at the core of the symposium.

The symposium includes:

presentations by staff and students from the Urban Lab+ network on interdisciplinarity, intercultural learning and practice-orientation in urban education

a panel discussion on internationalising urban higher education with contributions from Professor Caren Levy (UCL), Professor Michael Keith (University of Oxford), Professor Jane M. Jacobs (Yale-NUS College), Professor Alan Penn (UCL), Professor Jenny Robinson (UCL), and Kasama Yamtree (openspace).

keynote talks by Dr Adrian Lahoud (Royal College of Art), Professor Susan Parnell (African Centre for Cities).

talks from over thirty urban educators, researchers and practitioners who work in a wide range of contexts worldwide.

The Urban Lab+ initiative is funded by the European Union's Erasmus Mundus programme and includes eight urban laboratories from across the world: Technische Universität Berlin (Germany), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Università della Calabria (Italy), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile), Wits University (South Africa), Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute (India), Chinese University of Hong Kong (China), University College London (United Kingdom). We have convened the symposium in partnership with the Urban Lab+ network.