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Burjeel Holdings Oxford Saïd Climate Change Challenge

In 2023, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and Burjeel Holdings came together to embark on a transformative journey inspired by our shared commitment to addressing climate change. Drawing upon our collective expertise and resources, we forged a partnership grounded in the belief that education and innovation are paramount in tackling the one of the most pressing challenges of our time – climate change.

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Burjeel Holdings, one of the leading private healthcare service providers in the Middle East, is committed to fostering a positive societal impact through its steadfast dedication to environmental sustainability. Their mission harmonises seamlessly with our objectives, and this collaboration reflects our mutual vision to drive transformation and shape a brighter future. Our partnership was launched in May 2023 when Dean Soumitra Dutta hosted Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, the founder of Burjeel Holdings, at Oxford Saïd. 

With ongoing scenes of severe disruption across the world caused by climate change, there has never been a more urgent
time to inspire and mobilise the next generation of leaders, change makers
and innovators.

Soumitra Dutta

Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Management, Saïd Business School

Climate Change Challenge

During the world's hottest summer ever recorded, together with Burjeel Holdings we ran the Burjeel Holdings Oxford Saïd Climate Change Challenge - a global initiative aimed at empowering high school students and teachers to become catalysts for change in the fight against climate change. The competition invited students to showcase their innovative solutions and encourages teachers to create impactful lesson plans, fostering environmental awareness and sustainability. 

Climate Change Challenge 2023

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Challenges

607

Competition entries

43

Countries

21

Judges

After many months of hard work by high school students and teachers, Burjeel Holdings hosted the finals at a special ceremony in Dubai at the United Nations Climate Conference, COP28.  

Our partnership with Saïd Business School represents a shared commitment to driving positive change and making a meaningful impact on the global climate crisis.

Burjeel Holdings

Future Climate Innovators Summer School

The three winning student teams will be attending a specially-curated two-week Future Climate Innovators Summer School at Oxford University in August 2024. The winner in the teacher’s category will be attending an Executive Education course at Oxford in May 2024, while the runners-up will be pursuing a 6-week long Oxford Climate Emergency Programme online beginning June 2024.

It is your voice which needs to be raised... without your voices, we rest our understanding too much on the past. This needs to change.

Juliane Reinecke

Professor of Management Studies and Summer School Programme Sponsor

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A summer school like no other

Climate Summer School

Alongside a global cohort of 16-18 year olds, take on the role of an innovator, confront the pressing climate issues head-on, and shape a sustainable future.

Future Climate Innovators summer school

Resources and insights

We believe that business and business education have a leading role to play in delivering a sustainable economic future. Beyond our Climate Change Challenge and Summer School we are committed to equipping all our future innovators and leaders, with the tools and understanding to build a strong, regenerative and just economic system. 

Embedded in the heart of the world-leading, multi-disciplinary University of Oxford, we are surrounded by leading academics, experts, alumni and partners who are coming up with insightful, thought-provoking and inspirational research and innovations to develop and share new paths towards sustainable business.   

You can find insights and tools to tackle the climate crisis in our resources hub.