Postgraduate Courses on Building Resilience to Climate Change



    The UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability regularly organizes intensive 4-week postgraduate courses on Building Resilience to Climate Change, developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR). UN-CECAR is a collaborative initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia, committed to develop post graduate educational and research programmes on climate and ecosystems change, adaptation and sustainability science. UNU-IAS acts as the UN-CECAR Secretariat.

    The courses run from 14 October to 7 November 2014. They cover a range of issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change. Topics include climate and atmospheric science, impacts assessment, climate and society, ecosystems resilience, risk and uncertainty, integrated solutions for mitigation and adaptation, mainstreaming adaptation into development planning and community-based adaptation. Students receive practical training in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and in down-scaling rainfall forecasts.

    Assessment is based on a research paper, presentations, class participation, and intermediate tests. The courses are practically-oriented and will be taught by a highly qualified and diverse team of natural and social science scholars. Each course is equivalent to a regular 2 credit postgraduate course in Japan. Credits also can be transferred to the UNU-IAS Master of Science in Sustainability programme.

    Daily Schedule

    There are three sessions each weekday: 10:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00 and 16:00-18:00.

    Faculty and Learning Environment

    Students will benefit from working closely with an expert teaching faculty comprising distinguished UN-CECAR scholars and practitioners, and UNU-IAS academic staff. Because it shares a building with many UN agencies, UNU-IAS offers a unique learning environment.

    The UNU Library offers access to a wide range of academic books, over 10,000 electronic journals, World Bank and OECD publications, and official UN documents. All students will receive a comprehensive library orientation session at the beginning of the course.

    A dedicated computer lab will be provided for students, with software to cater to the needs of each course, including GIS, environmental modelling applications, and statistical analysis tools. An online learning tool will be provided for students to access lecture notes, reading lists and other materials specific to each course, as well as a message board and forum to facilitate discussion among faculty and students.

    Student Support and Housing

    UNU-IAS assists students throughout the courses, acknowledging that students may experience difficulties in adjusting to a new country and culture. Students will be provided with accommodation (in an affordable hotel close to the UNU building) during their stay in Tokyo.

    For more details on courses, requirements and applications procedure, see the courses’ page on the UNU-IAS website.

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    Ms. Wilma James