The UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) invites applications for an intensive five-week postgraduate programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change. The courses have been developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR).
UN-CECAR, a joint initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia, is committed to developing postgraduate educational and research programmes on climate and ecosystems change, adaptation and sustainability science. UNU-ISP acts as the Secretariat for UN-CECAR.
The new courses, conducted at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, 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.
The courses are practical-oriented and will be taught by a diverse team of natural and social science scholars. Each course comprises 36 hours of teaching time and is equivalent to a regular 2-credit postgraduate course in Japan. Credits also can be transferred to the UNU-ISP Master of Science in Sustainability, Development, and Peace programme.
The programme runs for five weeks: 20 February to 23 March 2012. Course One focuses on “Science, Impacts and Vulnerability”, while Course Two focuses on “Approaches to Adaptation”. Practical training in the use of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for climate and ecosystems change research will be provided in conjunction with the courses.
The courses are intended for students currently enrolled in a master’s or Ph.D. programme, in any discipline, who wish to deepen their knowledge on, and gain practical training in, building resilience to climate and ecosystems change, and who seek a future career as a climate change specialist. As part of the assessment, students will be required to complete a research paper that links to a thesis topic related to climate change.
Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-ISP. While a number of universities have negotiated credit transfer agreements with UNU-ISP, the decision on whether credits are transferrable will be made by the student’s university.
The application deadline is 10 January 2012 for students from abroad and 20 January 2012 for students within Japan.
For further information, see the Postgraduate Courses on Building Resilience to Climate Change page on the UNU-ISP website.