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July 3 - August 25, 2017

Course description


In September 2015, world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) that over the next 15 years should help end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change, amongst other things. This effort will only be successful if all stakeholders have adequate information about the progress being made towards each of the goals.

This Geneva Summer School looks at how open data, crowdsourcing technologies, and low-cost open source solutions suitable for deployment in schools, can be used to gather the data needed to tackle the SDGs. It brings together students from Tsinghua University in Beijing, from the University of Geneva, and from around the world. It follows an innovative format: participants (Bachelor and Masters level) should be available to take part in a two-month-long adventure across the globe.

The school will kick off in July with two weeks in Geneva, followed by four weeks in one of the laboratories of a recently established network called the United Labs for the Global Goals, and will end with two weeks in Beijing and Shenzhen (for more details, see here).

Geneva and its multitude of international organizations offer a unique space for understanding the different dimensions involved in tackling the SDGs - and provide an exceptional diversity of speakers and educators from a wide range of contexts, including the United Nations and its agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and more.

By combining seminars with site visits to international organizations and encouraging team-based problem-solving, this summer school aims to give students a deeper understanding of the SDGs whilst challenging them to experiment with concrete and innovative solutions aimed at tackling the SDGs at the local, regional or global level.

After a general introduction to the SDGs and their history and context, students will be introduced to the global dimension of the SDGs by key actors from International Organizations, who will challenge them with concrete problems. The programme will then change gear and make students the problem solver – by allowing them to work in teams on possible solutions and by introducing them to methodologies involving open data and open source software and hardware.

Please note: the selection of candidates joining the school will happen following the application deadline of May 1, 2017. Participation will be confirmed to the selected candidates by mid-May. Some support will be available for travel and accommodation during this summer school, depending on their needs. Details will be provided to successful applicants.

Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Tuition Fees


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Faculty & Staff


Academic Director
Prof. Francois Grey
Citizen Cyberlab
University of Geneva

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Schedule & Classes


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