More than 25 students, representing 12 nations, have become the first graduates of the Joint Master’s Programme in Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security, offered by the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in partnership with the Geographical Institute of the University of Bonn.
In the presence of their families, as well as representatives from both institutions and media, the graduates received their certificates from Professor Dr Julia Verne (Geographical Institute, University of Bonn), as well as Professor Dr. Joerg Szarzynski (UNU-EHS section head) and Professor Dr Klaus Greve (University of Bonn), who were credited with being the “true parents” of the course, having been instrumental in its foundation and subsequent implementation.
The presentation of the degree certificates brought to an end three semesters of intense study, during which the students benefited from a range of both theoretical and practical modules, followed by a semester-long internship and submission of a master’s thesis.
As well as recognising the achievements of the individual students, the graduation ceremony also served as a celebration of this pioneering academic initiative: the joint programme, introduced in 2013, is the first instance of a university department working in partnership with an international institution to offer a higher level degree with a foundation in international law.
Since its launch, around 120 students from 26 different countries have been accepted into the programme. With their MSc certificates, in addition to the experience gained while interning at UN agencies or other international institutions, this first batch of graduates is equipped to pursue a variety of career paths.
Applications for the Joint Master’s Programme in Geography of Environmental Risks and Human Security will be accepted later in the year. This will be announced on the UNU-EHS website, as well as through UNU-EHS social media channels.
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-EHS website.