Summer School at Bradford Univeristy with the topic Fighting for Justice – Delivering Social Value and Tackling Climate Action attracted Sebastian Thielen, MCI Master Student from International Health and Social Management. He shared his experience in small interview.
The topic and programme of the Summer School in Bradford immediately aroused my interest.Especially after the climate conference in Glasgow at the end of 2021, the issue of climatechange was very present, and I wanted to deal with it even more and possibly contribute myproposals for solutions. I had planned to participate in a summer school after the wintersemester of 2021, but it didn't fit in with my schedule. For this reason, I was delighted that I wasable to participate this time.
The University of Bradford, which currently holds the title of UK's Business School of the year,invited fascinating keynote speakers from all over the world, many of them online. In addition,excursions such as to Saltaire (Unesco World Heritage Site) were very varied and exciting. Theprocess, the organisation and the whole environment exceeded my expectations.
Other participants of the Summer School came from Qatar, Bahrain, Turkey, France, and Spain,among others. The exchange with the other students was excellent; everyone was able tocontribute input from their own country when it came to various political and environmentaltopics. The university organised multiple events so that you could network well and talk to manyparticipants.
Significant findings included how the major industrial nations deal individually with climatechange and its consequences. There are very diverse approaches and priorities that individualcountries have and implement. The university's sustainability programme presentation was alsoexciting, followed by a discussion on possible changes or additions to the action plan.Furthermore, the international students were allowed to stay in the student housing "TheGreen", one of the most sustainable of its kind worldwide. It was exciting to see what specialattention is paid to and what innovations are necessary to live more sustainably.
All in all, they were challenging days, but I enjoyed them very much. The group work wassometimes very exhausting with many long discussions, but also very enlightening and led togreat results. I had to move outside of my comfort zone, which is vital to develop and grow.
Absolutely. On the first day, we got a city tour and were told about the sights and plansregarding changes the city wants to implement to make it even more sustainable. We also hadthe opportunity to go into the city in the afternoon or evening due to the proximity of ouraccommodation. Bradford has a long history which is reflected in the imposing buildings. Thereis also an area called 'little Germany'. I liked the old town and would like to revisit Bradford inthe future.
My conclusion is that I am pleased to have taken the opportunity, and I highly recommendeveryone to apply for the International Masters Summer School in Bradford next year! It takesplace every year and is an opportunity not to be missed. It is the perfect place to meet newpeople worldwide, exchange ideas and learn a lot.
Photo: Sebastian Thielen
Theme of summer school: Fighting for Justice – Delivering Social Value and Tackling Climate Action
Place of the summer school:Bradford, UK
Date of the summer school:13. - 17. 06. 2022
Costs:Free for MCI students