Urban development megatrends created at Summer Campus (VIDEO)
The participants of the International Summer Campus have attended a workshop on Urban Development Megatrends in 2050 from Université Côte d'Azur administrative director Samira Karach and Invent@UCA project manager Marina Videau.
The experts explained to the students that megatrends are the macroeconomic and geostrategic forces that shape the world. By definition, they are very large and include some of the biggest challenges of society. By 2050, about 66% of the world's population will live in cities, the experts said. The most rapid growth of urban populations is expected in Asia and Africa. However, if the megacities of these regions are not properly planned and effectively managed, their residents’ health will be at significant risk. According to Samira Karach and Marina Videau, people’s lives will be easier if they use the new urban space development trends, which can affect all areas of life.
The participants spent much of the workshop time trying to create their own urban development megatrends. The experts divided them into teams in an interesting way. They were asked to line up in the ascending order of their shoe size and then divided into five teams. The experts gave three assignments to each team. First, the students were asked to invent a technology that could resolve some of the existing problems. The second task involved creating humans of the future with their own feelings. Finally, the students, using the supplies provided, were asked to create a new device that might become a thing in the near future. The participants completed the three tasks using all the knowledge they gained over the past week.
“We all presented our projects to the experts, explained what they were and why, and justified the relevance of our inventions. These four hours passed so quickly I just lost track of time. I really enjoyed working with my team. I did not know anyone of them, but now I’ve met new interesting people,” Dina Yakhina from Kazan Federal University shared her impressions.
The International Summer Campus of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) is a unique annual educational project for best students of Russian and foreign universities. The Campus curriculum comprises lectures and interactive sessions with leading Russian and foreign academics, government employees and world-class business executives. RANEPA Rector Vladimir Mau, leading Russian and foreign experts, Russian and foreign business leaders, high-ranking officials and civil servants will traditionally speak at the Summer Campus.
The organizers of RANEPA Summer Campus include RANEPA, the Republic of Tatarstan, and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia.
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