UNU Postgraduate Programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change

30 August 2013. Building resilience is a key element to prepare societies to the impacts of climate change. In order to educate young researchers on a range of issues on sustainability and adaptation to climate and ecosystems change, the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) has developed an intensive Postgraduate Programme on Building Resilience to Climate Change. The programme has been developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR), a joint initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia for which UNU-ISP acts as the Secretariat. The programme will run from 15 October to 8 November 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Registration is now open.

The course targets 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. Students should be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written skills in English.

The programme comprises two courses. Course 1 focuses on Science, Impacts and Vulnerability, and Course 2 focuses on Approaches to Adaptation. Topics covered 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. 

Additionally, students 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. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-ISP.

Registration fees are USD 2,000 for both courses. A very limited number of partial fellowships will be available for applicants from developing countries who are applying for two courses. Students will be provided accommodation during their stay in Tokyo.

For more information please contact james@unu.edu or visit the following website: http://isp.unu.edu/grad/credited/cecar/index.html.