About the Programme
The Urban95 Academy is a fully-funded (free to participants) executive education programme for municipal leaders worldwide who want to learn how to make their cities more child-friendly.
Created by LSE Cities at the London School of Economics and the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the academy is delivered in two parts:
First there are 7 weeks of online learning with 14 comprehensive online modules released in pairs each week for participants to complete at their own pace. In addition there are weekly live Zoom seminars hosted by LSE Academic staff and guest lecturers.
At the end of the 7 weeks, participants are asked to submit an action strategy to address a local challenge and based on this assignment and overall participation in the course, 10 cities are incited to come to a 1-week all expenses paid residence week in London for intensive workshops, site visits, networking events, and lectures to further hone their proposal.
The Urban95 Academy launched in January 2022 and we have delivered the programme to 115 cities (over 300 participants) across three cohorts.
**Applications for cohort 5 which will take place starting in May of 2023 are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is 24th April.**
We estimate that the programme requires a time commitment of about 4 hours per person per week.
Cities are invited to apply with a team of three municipal leaders and must have official support from their mayor or executive.
Participants receive a certificate of completion from the LSE after successfully completing the course.
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance.
Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, the School has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence. 16 Nobel prize winners have been LSE staff or alumni.