SHLC is delighted to announce that it is collaborating with the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) in delivering the 23rd ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU23) during October and November 2021.

The topic for ASEFSU23 is Liveable Cities for a Sustainable Future in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. ASEFSU23 is a 3-month long interdisciplinary Hackathon journey for Asian and European students and young professionals. Implemented as a 3-month long virtual programme between September and November 2021, this project is designed to connect young hackers, designers, innovators, urban planners and SDG experts to collaborate & develop urban solutions in three of the most populated countries in ASEM: Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

SHLC is represented in this initiative by Prof Mike Osborne and Dr Yulia Nesterova.

Two opportunities are now open for applications:

Authors of Background Papers: deadline Friday 29 August 2021

Hackathon Team Leaders: deadline: Monday 6 September 2021

Dhaka, Bangladesh. Aerial of Dhaka, the Capital of Bangladesh. Shutterstock, travelview

The ASEFSU23 will consist of 3 main programme elements:

Element 1: Hackathon Team Leaders Training Programme (20 – 31 September 2021)
Through an Open Call, 12 selected youth from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan will take part in a 2 week training on Design-Thinking, Facilitation and Team Collaboration. These youth leaders will take on Team Leader Roles in the subsequent programme elements and help guide the ASEFSU23 participants. This Capacity Building Training will precede the primary programme elements open to all participants.

Element 2: Online Knowledge Building Phase (11 – 29 October 2021)
The programme will offer all participants trainings and workshops to deepen their understanding of the theme of Sustainable Cities and Urbanisation, as well as provide them with an outlook on Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. As part of the programme they will complete individual & group tasks, and be provided extra resources for self-paced learning using an e-learning platform.

Element 3: Hackathon (4 – 15 November 2021)
During this part, all participants will have the opportunity to move from theory to practice. They will collaborate and compete in groups to develop proposals solving specific urban challenges in Bangladesh, India & Pakistan.