Two new courses for Fall 2011

The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and the UNU Media Centre are inviting applications for two certificate courses on (1) Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs (DMHA) and (2) Climate Energy and Food Security (CEFS). See the course announcement here.


A total of 14/15 “once-a-week” class sessions will be conducted from September 2011 to  December 2011/January-2012.


Course participants should commit themselves to visit UNU Media Centre once a week (from 13:00 to 15:00 hrs) to receive the lectures and participate in interactions offered during the entire Course period. The certificate will be awarded to those who successfully complete the coursework assignments and maintain an 80% attendance rate.


Send the following required documents via email to:  (for DMHA Course)  OR  (for CEFS Course).

1.       Your CV (maximum 3-4 pages) with a recent passport photo.

2.       One-page cover letter justifying your interest in the course and its relevance in your present work and future endeavors.

3.      One relevant publication (if any).


Applications should reach us latest by 1 September 2011 (for DMHA Course)    OR  16 September 2011 (for CEFS Course).


Upon acceptance, successful candidates will be required to pay a tuition fee of 20,000 JPY for the course.


At the moment, these courses are only offered to students or professionals who can commute to the UNU campus in Tokyo. There are no fellowships, travel support, or assistance available for attending this course.

You are kindly requested to share this announcement with your colleagues, networks, staff members, interns, academic associates, and disseminate through mailing lists, newsletters, etc.

by Brendan Barrett on August 29, 2011 - Comments (00)  

Our World 2.0 wins another award

interactive_silver_17-1Our World 2.0, the UN’s leading environmental web magazine, won the Award of Distinction in the Green/Eco-Friendly category of the 2011 Communicator Awards.

There were a total of 6,000 entries to the awards this year, organized by the International Academy of Visual Arts, making it one of the largest programme of its kind.

This is the fourth award for Our World 2.0, following on the 2008 Weblog award for the best designed blog, the 2009 Society for New Communications Research Excellence Award in the category of new media creation in the academic division and the 2009 Earth Journalism Awards (Honorary Mention).

by Brendan Barrett on June 2, 2011 - Comments (00)  

Take it or Teach it: OpenED Course on Business and Management Competencies

The openED course from the United Nations University on “Business and Management Competencies in a Web 2.0 world” will start on April 26th 2011 in its 2nd edition!

openED is a FREE/OPEN course targeting business students and practitioners alike. The course consists of 10 modules allowing participants to choose the individual modules they are interested in. This is to say that you can either take all of the 10 modules, or just those ones that you are interested at.

openED offers something to all: You can either take it or teach it.

The 2nd edition of the openED course comes with updated course contents and improved guidance & navigation! Based upon the comprehensive feedback we received from 1st edition course participants all of the course contents, guides and navigation have been carefully reviewed and improved!

The  openED course now provides educators around the globe with the opportunity to offer individual / extra services to course participants, such as In-class lessons, private virtual support or marked assessment and accreditation / certification. Educators can choose to offer such extra services against “fee” of for “free”.

For more information please see the attached flyers or visit the course website at

by Brendan Barrett on March 31, 2011 - Comments (00)  

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