WUN Summer School 2020 - The World's Biggest Challenges and How to Influence Solutions

As a member university of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) your students may be aware of the ground-breaking research that your institution is doing to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  This course has been designed to give students of WUN universities an opportunity to collaborate through learning about the challenges that academics across the world unite to tackle. The aim of the course is to help students appreciate the complexities of global challenges and gain an understanding of how academics from a range of disciplines - spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities - are working together to find solutions.

Designed for aspiring leaders, this course will help students develop the skills required to help lead and influence institutions to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals, whether their career aspirations lie in academia, policymaking and multilateral organisations, or the private sector.

Key information:
Date: 13-24 July 2020 (10-day programme) 
Location: University of York, UK
Fees: £1,600 per student
Eligibility: This summer school is open to students of WUN partners and is suitable for students in their penultimate year of studies.
Application open date: 17 January 2020
Application deadline: 30 March 2020
Full details can be found here

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