UN-CECAR develops postgraduate courses and training on climate and ecosystems change, and sustainability science to provide the foundations for developing future global leaders with the necessary breadth of understanding of the challenges and solutions to global change, and with a commitment to mainstreaming global change into decision and policy making in all sectors of our societies and economies. Such leaders will be committed to increasing the adaptive capacity and resilience to global change of the most vulnerable countries, regions, economic sectors and social groups. All programmes are unique with guest lecturers from over 20 leading international institutions and agencies sharing their expertise. Our current programmes are as follows.
The intensive 4-week postgraduate courses offer certificates in topics of 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.
10 day training will cover a range of downscaling techniques and training in dynamical and statistical downscaling methods, analysis of future climate extremes, impacts on rice production and impacts on flood magnitude. Trainees will also receive practical training in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in downscaling and modeling extreme climatic events.
The course aims to educate and develop leaders with the ability to understand sustainability and sustainability leadership, align business, government and civil society actions with sustainability principles, make informed choices of organizational and leadership models and strategies to realize sustainability and relate emotional intelligence with effective sustainability leadership. The course covers the Sustainable Development Goals, basic concepts of leadership, trends and insights on leadership, organizational psychology and leadership and business leadership and sustainability. It will also offer tailored exercises to enable participants to learn negotiation skills through experience and practice.
Four week pioneering course will help prepare students in the Asia Pacific Region understand renewable energy issues in the context of science, technology, economics, policy, and society and develop the ability to relate renewable energy to climate change and other global contemporary issues. The course will cover a range of issues on the science, technology, economics and policies of renewable energy, including such hard topics as small hydropower, solar, geothermal, bio-, wind, marine, fuel cell and hydrogen energy and soft topics as energy demand and supply, economics, security, and policy. Students also will receive practical training with clean energy project analysis software RETScreen and HOMER energy modeling software for hybrid renewable energy systems.