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International Centre For Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL)

A Global Centre of Excellence at Anant National University – an integral part of the UNESCO UNITWIN Network on Culture, Tourism and Development

Anant U, India’s first Design University, is proud to establish a new global initiative. Anant U has launched the establishment of the International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership (ICICL). It is led by an outstanding UNESCO expert on Culture in Development adding value to Anant’s growing faculty: Professor Amareswar Galla, PhD. He is at Anant U as Professor of Inclusive Cultural Leadership. An Indian by birth and education, Prof Galla brings with him three decades of working on all the five continents of the world, especially Australia. In the face of rapid global changes and climate concerns, there is an urgent need to rethink built environment and design excellence addressing inclusion and integration along with appropriate cultural contexts and leadership. ICICL at Anant U has kick-started the new year with being inscribed into the UNESCO UNITWIN Network of eminent professors focusing on Culture, Tourism and Development. It is Chaired by one of the leading Universities in Europe: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Prof Galla is a founding member of this research network. He will lead Anant U membership through the ICICL. ICICL will work at three different levels of seamless cooperation and coordination. It will be an across the AnantU Centre building on the strengths of faculty, identifying gaps and developing critical impact projects. Secondly, it will establish liaison with other relevant faculties and institutions in Ahmedabad promoting built environment and design excellence. All new developments will be collaborative and not competitive. Thirdly, it will establish a global nexus of partnerships through the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for the benefit of all appropriate institutions in South Asia. ICICL will focus on three areas of development. Firstly, on curricula design and appropriate pedagogy addressing UN Agenda 2030 and SDGs. It will conceptualise everything within the frame of the New Urban Agenda from UN-HABITAT III. ICICL will concentrate on capacity building through higher education institutions within the ambit of UNESCO Hard Law and Soft Law instruments, especially the 2015 Recommendation on Museums and Collections; 2011 Recommendation on Historical Cultural Landscapes; and 2003 Convention on Safeguarding Intangible Heritage. It will advocate for rethinking all forms of arts, culture, heritage and environment within the complexity of integrated local area planning and climate change as Sustainable Heritage Development. Secondly, ICICL will facilitate global partnerships for graduate enrichment and faculty exchanges through projects. Thirdly ICICL will assist in the co-creation of innovative and inclusive interdisciplinary doctoral and postdoctoral programs. In short, ICICL is a high level academic, professional and community platform for innovation, inspiration and knowledge generation facilitating the delivery of the UN SDGs through building the capacities and capabilities of leadership. It will benchmark developments against UNESCO and other UN Standard-Setting instruments. It aspires to make Ahmedabad a global centre of excellence and knowledge generation as would be befitting for India’s first World Heritage City.