HRH The Prince of Wales visits Kellogg College to see work to tackle rapid global urbanisation

HRH The Prince of Wales, Founder and President of The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, visited Kellogg College, University of Oxford, on Tuesday 16th March to see work being done to address the challenges of global urbanisation.

Rapid urbanisation is the largest demographic challenge of the 21st century. The world's urban population is set to almost double by 2050, at a time of natural resource depletion and climate change. This is something The Prince of Wales has been speaking about and actively addressing, through the work of his charities, including The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, for many years.  

The visit by HRH The Prince of Wales was hosted by Professor Jonathan Michie, President of Kellogg College, and David Toman, Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation for Building Community.

The Prince toured Kellogg and was introduced to students and lecturers from the MSc in Sustainable Urban Development –a collaboration between the Foundation and Oxford University - now in its 7th year. He heard how research and study is leading to the development of practical solutions to offset the problems caused by rapid urbanisation, and how the development, design and implementation of these solutions was making a positive impact on the contemporary practice of urbanisation in the UK, and internationally.

During his visit The Prince of Wales met His Excellency U Kyaw Zwar Minn, Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the UK, and Myanmar students studying Sustainable Urban Development at Kellogg through the Foundation's global education programme. 

The Prince was shown Kellogg's new ‘Hub’ building- a common room and café open to all College members for study and informal gatherings. The Prince was informed that the Hub is the first Oxford University building to use the environmentally friendly Passivhaus design, which results in exceptionally low energy demand.

Professor Jonathan Michie, President of Kellogg College, University of Oxford said:

“We are delighted that His Royal Highness chose to visit Kellogg to see the inspiring work being done, in collaboration with the Prince’s Foundation, both to address the threats posed by unplanned urban growth and to realise the opportunities from global urbanisation - helping create more resilient and sustainable cities for future generations.”

David Toman, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, said:

“His Royal Highness saw today how we are creating a more secure future for our urban populations by improving the knowledge, skills, and capacity of the professionals who are tasked with helping their communities prepare and plan for the challenge of rapid urbanisation. The Prince’s Foundation is extremely pleased to be working with Kellogg College to address these challenges.”



Notes to editors

About Kellogg College 

The College was established in 1990 to support the University of Oxford’s work in extending access through life-long learning. A graduate college, it is unique among the colleges in having a student body that is predominantly part-time. Kellogg students thus bring a wealth of practical experience to enrich both their own academic studies and the learning of their fellow students. Kellogg’s members come from over 90 countries, making it a truly global academic community. The Sustainable Urban Development MSc and DPhil courses are administered by the University of Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education.


About The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community 

The Prince’s Foundation believes that sustainably planned, built and maintained communities improve the quality of life of everyone who is part of them. They help us to both live better at a local level and start dealing with the broader challenges of urbanisation and climate change.  For over 20 years they have been supporting people to plan the future of their community, to learn the skills they need to build sustainably and to share the results as examples of best practice in urban design, architecture, planning and construction 

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For media interviews and further information, please contact: 

Vanessa Hack, Communications Officer, Kellogg College, University of Oxford:

01865 612 014, 


Marcus Stanton, Communications Manager, The Prince's Foundation for Building Community:

07900 891287,