In the context of increasing global inequality, climate crises, continuing gender inequality, and the opportunity provided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) processes, participants from 9 African countries and Sweden, met in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from 5-8 March 2019, at a workshop entitled ‘Leave no one behind: Making the right to education for adults a reality’.
As part of a project entitled, The role of universities in developing skills for Smart Cities, funded by the Scottish Funding Council from its contribution to the University of Glasgow’s efforts to develop activities concerned with the Global Challenges Research Fund, a group of academics from the University of Glasgow (Dr Srabani Maitra, Professor Mike Osborne, Dr Seth Agbo) visited New Delhi to participate in a Roundtable hosted and organised by the Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) organisation.
Refugees can face many barriers to accessing higher education, including a lack of information, advice and individual guidance sensitive to their specific needs, inadequate provision of intensive language courses for academic purposes, and restricted access to government student finance schemes.
CR&DALL was delighted to co-host a roundtable, in conjunction with the International University of Kyrgyzstan (IUK) in Bishkek as part of the project The role of universities in developing skills for Smart Cities, funded by the Scottish Funding Council from its contribution to the University of Glasgow’s efforts to develop activities concerned with the Global Challenges Research Fund.
Contemporary characterization of global sustainability has demonstrated that Indigenous worldviews approximate important attributes of sustainable development. In this context, Indigenous epistemology is a crucial component in the selection of the criteria for sustainable development and the formulation of corresponding goals for sustainability in a global economy.
We are pleased to report that CR&DALL core member, Dr Lesley Doyle together with Dr Gareth Mulvey (School of Political and Social Sciences at University of Glasgow) have been awarded ESRC Impact Acceleration Account funding to extend the dissemination and impact of the findings from the GCRF ESRC project: Building Futures: Aspirations of Syrian Youth Refugees and Host Population Responses in Lebanon, Greece and the UK.
Congratulations to Srabani Maitra and her team for winning support for a project entitled, 'Building Research Collaboration with India and Kyrgyzstan to explore the role of universities in developing skills for smart cities'.
Smart cities’ have now led to the proliferation in the discourses and practices of ICT-based urban development in South and Central Asia, particularly, in India and Kyrgyzstan. The Indian government has committed itself to developing 100 smart cities by 2050 to address the rise in urban population by 8%. Similarly, in Kyrgyzstan smart city initiatives have been implemented with UNDP to ensure sustainability, efficiency, and livability of its growing urban population. Additionally, since 2015, both countries have been collaborating in educational and technological sectors to develop their smart city implementation capabilities (Zafar, 2015). However, as in other jurisdictions, the link between ‘smart’ and ‘learning/skills development’ is absent as is the link with the international focus of UNESCO on learning cities (Borkowska & Osborne, 2018).
In the above context, universities are expected to contribute an equitable learning ecosystem for the sustainable development and productive assimilation of marginalised youth populations living and working in these smart cities. Universities should provide the crucial institutional space to realise the concept of the ‘learning city’ which is being promoted globally by UNESCO in emerging economies. India and Kyrgyzstan – with large but mostly poor and unemployed youth populations - can benefit immensely from universities by integrating the training for employability of their youth populations with human, social, cultural, economic and environmental factors in the cities.
This project funded through an allocation from the Scottish Funding Council to the University of Glasgow to develop its Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) work engages with the possibilities of knowledge exchange through partner meetings and site visits to smart cities in India and Kyrgyzstan, as well as a workshop in Glasgow, to explore the core problem of capacity building of universities in emerging economies, particularly in the context of inclusive and equitable smart cities. The project has the potential to foster distinct and identifiable long-term outcomes that will also benefit internationalisation strategies of the University of Glasgow.
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1.Professor Mike Osborne, School of Education, University of Glasgow
2. Professor Muhammad Imran, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, Vice Dean Glasgow College UESTC
3. Dr. Seth Agbo, Associate Professor, Graduate Studies and Research in Education, Lakehead University, Canada; Visiting Fellow, School of Education, University of Glasgow.
1. Professor Seema Singh, Department of Economics, Delhi Technological University, New Delhi
2. Dr. Ajith Kaliyath, Associate Professor, Urban Planning, Sushant School of Arts and Architecture, Ansal University, Gurugram, Haryana, India.
3. Dr. Saikat Maitra, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Management Studies, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
1. Dr. Muratbek Baihodjoev, Vice President Academic Consortium, International University of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2. Dr. Asylbek Aidaraliev, Rector, International University of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
3. Daniyar Karabaev, Dean, Liberal Arts & Sciences, American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
1. Dr. Ellina Samantroy, Fellow and Co-coordinator of Centre for Gender and Labour, V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, New Delhi. It is a premier Institute of Labour Research, Training and Education under the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India.
2. Dr. Rajesh Tandon, Co-Chair, UNESCO Chair on Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education; President, Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), New Delhi. PRIA is a global centre for participatory research and training based in New Delhi.
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Congratulations to Mia Perry for securing funding of almost £100,000 to continue the work of the Sustainable Futures in Africa (SFA) Network from funding allocated to the University of Glasgow from the Scottish Funding Council to support work within the Global Challenges Research Fund. SFA is an interdisciplinary collective established in 2016 bringing together researchers, educators, and communities across 4 African countries and the UK.