Postgraduate course on building resilience to climate change

Training Course
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
15 Oct - 08 Nov 2013
Japan (Tokyo)

The United Nations University Institute for Sus­tainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), Tokyo, invites applications for the intensive 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 is a joint initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia. It 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-ISP, 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 also will receive practical training in the use of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for climate and ecosystems change research. The assessment will be based on a research paper, presentations, class participation, and intermediate tests. The courses are practically-oriented and will be taught by a highly qualified and diverse team of natural and social science scholars. Each course 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. Course Information Course 1 focuses on Science, Impacts and Vulnerability, and Course 2 focuses on Approaches to Adaptation. Practical training on remote sensing and GIS software will be provided in conjunction to the courses. The programme is open to students who are currently enrolled in a university postgraduate programme and who have already identified their thesis topic prior to arriving in Japan. As part of the assessment, students will be required to complete a research paper that links their thesis topic to climate change. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-ISP. Each course is designed to be worth 2 credits and comprises of 36 hours of teaching time. While a number of universities have negotiated credit transfer agreements with UNU-ISP, ultimately the decision on whether credits are transferrable will be made by the student’s university.

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Event fee

USD 2,000 (or JPY 200,000) for both courses

Target audience

  • 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.

How to register

Please register online or sent the application form by email to the organizer and coordinator, or sent by registered express mail to the following address:

UNU-IC Secretariat, United Nations University Headquarters UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace 53-70 Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan

If you would like to apply by mail or email, you should submit the following documents:

  • A completed application with photo and signature;

  • Proof of enrollment in a master’s or Ph.D. degree programme for those currently undertaking a degree programme;

  • Original transcripts of academic records at the college or university level, or certified copies of original transcripts (these will not be returned to the applicant, so please do not include original certificates of diplomas or degrees);

  • A detailed proposal of your research topic, and explain how it could link with your current university thesis topic to that of climate change;

  • TOEFL scores or equivalent proof of English-language proficiency for non-native speakers or those who do not have an academic degree in an English-speaking country;

  • and a minimum two references; one from the student’s supervisor and one from another faculty member.


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