LSE Cities hosted a high level roundtable discussion to explore the role which universities can and should play in addressing the needs of a new generation of urban leaders. The discussion was a side event of the 2017 Going Global British Council conference for leaders of international education.
Senior representatives from the Higher Education sector and from National and Municipal Governments explored the role that universities play in providing the necessary knowledge and skills for contemporary city leadership. In light of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the recent New Urban Agenda of Habitat III there is a pressing need to develop the skills and capacities of urban professionals who are delivering positive urban change across different governance scales. Participants in this event considered the demand for specific knowledge, skills and capacities and identified programmes which universities could take forward to address meaningful capacity building for city leadership.