“The feelings and basis of the Summer School was a meeting of people from all over the world, with valuable views born out of their experiences from their countries. This collaboration of minds was fantastically fresh for me, and I will carry this experience throughout the rest of my education in Leeds…“
Luke Humphrey blogs about this year’s CGD summer school
The summer sun shone around Leeds especially for the students of the 2016 Centre for Global Development EADI (European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes) Summer School. Chock full of distinguish and specialised academics from across the world giving lectures and workshops on a smorgasbord of eye-catching development subjects ranging from Climate Change to Development Journalism.
As a second year International Development student at the University of Leeds, many subjects over the week were second nature, but what was not familiar was the bottomless amount of knowledge, depth and insight provided by both seasoned lecturers and a diverse and engaged group of students. What was most enlightening in fact was the discussions and debates from the students coming from four different continents across the world altogether for the school. A scorching hot Monday set the scene for a double dose of development talks. Firstly from Professor Cuz Potter and Jinhee Park, an intriguing and informative tale of city transformation, rural to urban, green pastures to dense city high rises. Cuz and Jinhee pulled in their extensive knowledge of South Korea. What becomes immediately apparent is how interconnected development is with so many other fields of study, from Architecture & City Planning to Engineering and Construction, development is at the heart of what we are studying, but it stretches out so much further when applied to real life projects and transformation of societies in the developing world. Not only does this huge spectrum of study find its way into the lectures, but also it shines through the wide variety of student’s backgrounds. Engineers, Geographers and Historians alike gather to study a constantly growing field full of potential. What cannot be stressed enough is the limitless amount of different experiences and background from the participants which greatly enriched every debate and discussion during the summer school.