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University of Cape Town (U-CapeTown)

, South Africa

http://www.uct.ac.za/

MPhil in Environment, Society and Sustainability

Specialzation:

Department:
Department of Environmental & Geographical Science
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.egs.uct.ac.za/mphil.html
Language:
English
Description:

This MPhil programme is designed for students with diverse backgrounds who have an interest in environment, society and sustainability. Problems pertaining to the environment, society and sustainability are interdisciplinary in nature and students with backgrounds in geography, natural and social science, planning, engineering, education, economics and law are encouraged to apply.

The MPhil degree is an eighteen month programme that accepts students from a wide range of disciplines who have achieved above average results in a 4 year degree. It provides education in theory relating to environment, society and sustainability. When qualified, you will join the environmental and geographical scientists who are shaping the future by addressing global and local environmental and developmental challenges.

Aims: To produce graduates with:
- a broad understanding of major environmental issues as well as theoretical ideas underpinning sustainable development.
- the ability to effectively analyse and manage environmental and developmental issues, with emphasis on the southern African situation.

Career opportunities: This interdisciplinary Masters programme attracts a broad range of students of varying ages and with different aspirations. Employment opportunities are found in local, provincial and national government; in parastatals; in the private sector (consulting firms and in industry), and in Non-Governmental Organisations.

Keywords:
sustainability, food security, climate change, environmental law, urban ecology, enrth system

Masters in Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Specialzation:

Department:
Department of Environmental & Geographical Science
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.egs.uct.ac.za/ccd.html
Language:
English
Description:

Global climate change presents daunting and exciting challenges, especially for the developing world, where traditional routes to development are at odds with the need for a low carbon economy. At the same time, building resilience to climate change and variability is fundamental to sustainable development and prosperity. An interdisciplinary approach that integrates the biophysical, technological, socio-economic sciences and the humanities is required to successfully engage with the challenges of climate change. South Africa is well positioned to engage with these issues because of its status as a developing country with good technology and infrastructure, juxtaposed with less developed communities, and an economy in transition. This provides a microcosm of the developing world's social, environmental, and economic development issues.

This full time one-year taught Master's course provides interdisciplinary training in climate change and sustainable development, with a focus on the issues of relevance to African development. It is convened by UCT's African Climate and Development Initiative, a UCT Signature Theme comprising academics and research units from across the University with a shared interest in interdisciplinary research and solutions to the climate change problem.

The course is administered by the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, to whom applications should be addressed.

Keywords:
climate change, adaptation, carbon pricing, economic policy, biodiversity, food security, ecology, water

MPhil in Energy and Development Studies

Specialzation:

Department:
The Energy Research Centre
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/education/masters-2.htm
Language:
English
Description:

The Energy Research Centre is an African-based multi-disciplinary energy research centre which pursues excellence in technology, policy and sustainable development research, education and capacity building programmes at a local and international level.

The organisation's core activity is energy. Under the umbrella of this first line activity, the organisation is involved in the following major undertakings:
- Research
- Education and capacity building
- Energy services of benefit to the community at large.

Keywords:
energy markets, governance, climate change, poverty, development, renewable energy

MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering

Specialzation:

Department:
The Energy Research Centre
Degree Type:
Masters
Website:
http://www.erc.uct.ac.za/education/masters-1.htm
Language:
English
Description:

The Energy Research Centre is an African-based multi-disciplinary energy research centre which pursues excellence in technology, policy and sustainable development research, education and capacity building programmes at a local and international level.

The organisation's core activity is energy. Under the umbrella of this first line activity, the organisation is involved in the following major undertakings:
- Research
- Education and capacity building
- Energy services of benefit to the community at large.

Keywords:
energy markets, governance, climate change, poverty, development, renewable energy

Education for Sustainable Development in Africa

Website:
http://isp.unu.edu/research/esda/index.html
Area / Region:
Africa 
Description:

The ESDA aims to develop and test a graduate-level education programme for professionals to be engaged in sustainable development in Africa. 

Activities:
The principal aim of this project is to promote education for sustainable development in African countries through training at the graduate school level of professionals who may serve as planners, organizers, instructors, field development agents and practitioners for sustainable development in these countries.The focus on the advanced higher education level of ESD is deliberate, since the programme aims to multiply its effects through "train-the trainers" capacity development for sustainability. The training would be provided through an international structure to be organized by UNU in cooperation with African and Japanese universities so that the participants would be exposed not only to national or local sustainable development contexts but also to the international dimensions of sustainability. 
Members:

Kenyatta University , Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, Kyushu University, Nagoya University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria, Stellenbosch University, University of Tokyo, United Nations University, University for Development Studies, Ghana, University of Ghana, University of Cape Town, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, University of Nairobi, University of Witzwatersrand, University of Zambia, Waseda University, Yokohama National University 

The International Sustainable Campus Network

Website:
http://www.international-sustainable-campus-network.org/
Area / Region:
Global 
Description:

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.The ISCN is an initiative which is graciously supported and directed by ?cole Polytechnique F?d?rale de Lausanne (EPFL) and The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).  

Activities:
The mission of the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) is to provide a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching. 
Members:

Brown University, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Indian Institutes of Technology, Madras, INSEAD The Business School for the World, Johns Hopkins University, Keio University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, National University of Singapore, Peking University, Politecnico di Milano, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Stanford University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, University of British Columbia, University of Tokyo, Tsinghua University, Universidad Internacional del Ecuador, University of Cape Town, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, University of Hong Kong, , University of Melbourne, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Western Australia, Yale University 



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