Strengthening Urban Engagement of Universities in Asia and Africa
This project uses a set of well-proven benchmarking tools as its principal method and seeks to strengthen the capacity of universities to contribute to city resilience towards natural and human-made disasters. Examples of urban engagement include supporting the development of physical infrastructure, ecological sustainability, and social inclusion, including of migrants. It calls upon contributions from science and engineering, the arts, environmental sciences, social sciences and business studies. It assesses the extent to which universities in the six countries under study can respond to demands of society, and how through dialogue with city stakeholders this can be enhanced and impact on policy; it uses a collaborative team from the UK and emerging economies.
Initial work is underway in each country to profile the engagement role of universities in the cities of Sanandaj, Duhok, Manila, Johannesburg, Dar es Salem and Harare. In parallel, the team is preparing cross-cutting thematic papers in fields concerning the contribution of HEIs systems in these cities to issues that include migration, gender, environmental resilience, energy and economic development.
The project is led by the University of Glasgow and includes international partners from Iran, Iraq, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Some of the team can be seen in the photo below, taken at a preliminary planning meeting held prior to submitting the proposal in South Africa in June 2017.
Principal Investigator: Professor Michael Osborne, University of Glasgow
Co-Investigators: Dr Lavinia Hirsu, University of Glasgow; Dr Katarzyna Borkowska, University of Glasgow; Dr Muir Houston, University of Glasgow; Dr Neil Burnside, University of Glasgow
The Role of Higher Education for Displaced and Marginalized Peoples
Professor Nematollah Azizi, Dr Katarzyna Borkowska, Dr Muir Houston, Dr Kamal Ketuly and Dr Mpoki Mwaikokesya...
Socio-economic development indicators and University engagement in partner countries and city regions
Dr Muir Houston, Professor Nematollah Azizi, Lamiah Hashemi, Dr Kamal Aziz Ketuly, Dr Sizar Abid Mohammad...
The role of Duhok Universities in supporting migrants, internal and external war driven refugees in Kurdistan Region of Iraq
Professor Kamal Ketuly