UNU Postgraduate Programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change

20 June 2014. In order to effectively address climate change, it is important to form future leaders with the necessary breadth of understanding of its challenges and solutions, and with a commitment to mainstreaming it into decision and policy making in all sectors of our societies and economies. With this objective, the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) organizes an intensive Postgraduate Programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change, to be delivered from 14 October to 7 November 2014, in Tokyo, Japan. The programme is 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, committed to develop post graduate educational and research programmes on climate and ecosystems change, adaptation and sustainability science. UNU-ISP acts as the UN-CECAR Secretariat. 

The training is designed for students who are currently enrolled in a masters 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 desire a future career as a climate change specialist.

The programme includes two courses:

  • Course 1 on Science, Impacts and Vulnerability (14-24 October 2014)
  • Course 2 on Approaches to Adaptation (27 October-7 November 2014)

The courses 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. 

At the end of the programme, participants are expected to have the following competences:

  • Understanding of the science and impacts of climate change.
  • Understanding of the key issues, context and concepts of adaptation and resilience.
  • Understanding of methodologies and approaches in climate change adaptation.
  • Resilience competencies in climate change-relevant contexts, including teamwork, communication and problem solving.
  • Ability to synthesize multi-disciplinary information and develop problem solving strategies using integrative approaches and systems thinking.

Assessment is based on a research paper, presentations, class participation, and intermediate tests. The courses are practically-oriented and will be taught by a team of natural and social science scholars. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-IAS. Each course comprises of 36 hours of teaching time. 

The fee for each course amounts to  USD 1,000 (or JPY 100,000).  Excellent written and verbal English language skills are required.  Application deadline is 31 July 2014. To apply please see: http://cecar.unu.edu/apply/  

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