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)  

Course on Climate Change, Energy and Food Security in Asia-Pacific

china In 2008, the world faced rapidly rising oil prices peaking at US$147 per barrel and a global food crisis with riots and unrest in a number of countries as prices increased. At the same time, total annual emissions of CO2 stood at 31.5 billion tons, the highest ever annual emissions, and the concentrations in the atmosphere now stand at 388 ppm, far higher than at any point since human civilization began. These three issues – climate, energy and food – present immense and daunting challenges for the region. They are further exacerbated by the fact this region is home to 65% of the world’s population and has two of the largest oceans on Earth.

About the Course

The course is divided into three parts – (1) understanding climate change, (2) exploring the interactions between climate change and other issues such as food, energy, health, biodiversity and (3) examining possible solutions. The course is multi-disciplinary in nature and will appeal to students from the sciences and humanities. It is designed to inform experienced policy-makers and practitioners, and to enlighten graduate students, keen to learn more about how the world works and how we can make it a better place.


The classes are organized via video conference and hosted in the Media Studio of the United Nations University. Classes begin on 25 September 2009 and continue every Friday for 15 sessions. Each session is one and a half hours in length from 13:oo-14.30.

How to enroll?

To enroll you must be a student at one of the following collaborating institutions: Asian Institute of Technology, Aoyama Gakuin University, Keio University, Waseda University, Okayama University, University of the Ryukyus, United Nations University, University of Hawaii, National University of Samoa, TERI University and University of Gadja Mada. If you are resident in the Tokyo Metropolitan area you can enroll in the course via Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development. For further information please contact the UNU Media Studio. Photo Credit: World Bank

by Brendan Barrett on September 17, 2009 - Comments (00)  

Course on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

The United Nations University-Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)  is delighted to announce the 2009 Advanced Seminar Series on ‘Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs’.  The Course is offered under the aegis of ‘Asia-Pacific Initiative (API)’ which is a multi-institutional/university collaborative education programme.  This Course has successfully been offered for the last six years in collaboration between prestigious education and research institutions from the Asia-Pacific region and has benefitted over 350 participants. Partner universities from Japan, USA, Pacific,  Thailand, Indonesia, India and many other countries participate in the Course which is  offered through a multiple site video teleconference system that connects all participating educational institutions with students on their respective campuses.

courseThe course offers graduate students and in-service professionals in the Tokyo area interested in disaster management and humanitarian assistance issues, an opportunity, to learn from a diverse faculty from throughout the region as well as distinguished guest lecturers from regional and international organizations. Students are expected to prepare for each class session by completing assigned readings, web-searches and/or recommended readings.  Students should be prepared to provide perspectives from their home countries related to the nature of the issues under discussion, including the legal and institutional policy frameworks that exist, or that or lacking, to address these issues. Students will be able to access the ‘eCourse Management System’ for reading assignments, discussion forums, quizzes and other materials and activities for this Course.

About 12 ‘one-class-a-week sessions’ will be conducted this year beginning from 29th September which is scheduled to finish by mid-December. In the Tokyo, the classes are hosted in the Media Studio located on the ground floor of the UNU (

The Course, which will be offered in English, covers a range of topics.  Introduction to the concepts and models of disaster management will be followed by focused lectures on specific hazards prevailing in AP Region. Discussions on social vulnerability, community resilience, early-warning, institutional response, disaster recovery and rehabilitation will help developing better understanding of this emerging discipline. Interlinkages between disaster management, climate change, poverty reduction,  migration etc is also expected to arrest participants’ perspective on cross-sectoral development context.  A certificate of completion will be awared to the participants upon satisfactory completion of the Course.

The deadline for applications is 21st September 2009. Please send your CV (maximum 3-4 pages), one-page write-up justifying your interest in the Course and its relevance in your future endeavor, and one relevant publication (if any). Please note that we receive high number of applications from highly qualified candidates every year. The review and selection process may involve short telephonic interview (please mention in your CV your preferred date and time for telephonic interview on working days between 22-26 September).  Following this,  only the selected candidates will be informed individually.  Please keep in mind that selected candidates will be required to visit UNU Media Studio once a week (most probably on Tuesday afternoons for about 2 hours) for receiving the lectures and interations offered during the entire Course period.

For further inquiry about this Course, please write to Dr. Akhilesh Surjan at:

by Brendan Barrett on September 9, 2009 - Comments (00)  

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