The UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) invites applications for the 7-day Postgraduate Course on Leadership for Sustainability (LS), to be held on 14–28 October 2014 at UNU headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. This pioneering course aims to foster future leaders with a deep understanding and awareness of sustainability challenges. The application deadline is 31 July 2014.
The course was developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR), a collaborative initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia that is committed to developing postgraduate educational and research programmes on climate and ecosystems change, adaptation and sustainability science. UNU-IAS acts as the Secretariat for UN-CECAR.
The LS course aims to educate and develop leaders with the ability to understand sustainability and sustainability leadership; align business, government and civil society actions with sustainability principles; make informed choices on organizational and leadership models and strategies to realize sustainability; and relate emotional intelligence with effective sustainability leadership. The course covers the sustainable development goals, basic concepts of leadership, trends and insights on leadership, organizational psychology, leadership and business leadership, and sustainability. It also offers tailored exercises to enable participants to learn negotiation skills through experience and practice.
Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-IAS. The course comprises 15 teaching sessions, and is designed to be worth two credits in accordance with the Japanese higher education system. While a number of universities have negotiated credit transfer agreements with UNU-IAS, the student’s university will make the final decision on whether to recognize this course.
There will be three sessions each day: 10:00–12:00, 13:00–15:00 and 16:00–18:00.
Students will benefit from working closely with highly experienced faculty members comprising distinguished UN-CECAR scholars and practitioners, UN agency staff, and UNU-IAS academic staff. UNU-IAS also shares a building with many UN agencies, which makes it a unique learning environment.
The UNU Library offers access to a wide range of academic books, over 10,000 electronic journals, World Bank and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (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. An online tool will be provided for students to review 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.
UNU-IAS will assist 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 requirements and the application procedure, see the course page on the UNU-IAS website.
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