The UNU International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST) in Macao is now accepting applications for its PhD programme in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Sustainable Development, which starts in September 2012.
This double-degree programme, being organized by UNU-IIST in cooperation with the University of Pisa (Italy), is designed to train the experts who will become the intellectual leaders of this emerging field to have a deep appreciation of the issues of sustainable development and the manner of addressing them using current and future ICT. Graduates will obtain an understanding of the UN perspective on sustainable development and the Millennium Development Goals.
Programme coursework will cover essential concepts of sustainable development as well as state-of-the-art ICT taught from the viewpoint of principles so that the inevitable changes in this rapidly advancing field will not render knowledge obsolete. Students will pursue research within the multidisciplinary environment of UNU-IIST, which provides diverse opportunities for hands-on research carried out in the field. Students will be exposed to the issues involved in using science to support policymaking.
Enrollment in the programme, which has a 42-month duration (seven semesters), is on a full-time basis. Students will be primarily located at UNU-IIST in Macao SAR, China, but will spend at least one semester at the University of Pisa. In addition, students will have the opportunity to carry out field work in one or more of the various locations of activity of UNU-IIST.
Upon graduation, students will receive a double PhD degree in Information and Communication Technology — that is, receive two distinct PhD diplomas, one from UNU and one from the University of Pisa.
The deadline for applications is 31 May 2012.
For application, admission and programme requirements, please visit the double degree PhD programme page on the UNU-IIST website.