Leadership for Sustainability Course

LS course to start on 22 February 2016


United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) invites applications for our Postgraduate Course on Leadership for Sustainability (LS) this year held from 22 February 2016 at United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. The course was developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR). UN-CECAR is a collaborative initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia. It is committed to developing postgraduate educational and research programmes on climate and ecosystems change, adaptation and sustainability science. UNU-IAS acts as the Secretariat for UN-CECAR. This pioneering course on sustainability leadership aims to foster future leaders with a deep understanding and awareness of sustainability challenges.

The LS 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 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.

Course Information

The course will be held from 22 February to 4 March 2016 and runs over a two weeks period with daily teaching sessions. Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-IAS. The course is designed to be worth 2 credits and comprise of 15 teaching sessions in accordance with the Japanese higher education system. While a number of universities have negotiated credit transfer agreements with UNU-IAS, the final decision will be made by the student’s university.

Daily Schedule

There will be two to three sessions of courses each day:
10:00-12:00, 13:00-15:00 and 16:00-18:00 hours.

Faculty and Learning Environment

Students will benefit from working closely with highly experienced faculty members comprised of distinguished UN-CECAR scholars and practitioners, UN Agencies, and UNU-IAS academic staff. UNU-IAS also shares a building with many UN agencies, which makes it a unique learning environment.

The UNU Library offers access to a wide range of academic books, over 10,000 electronic journals, World Bank and OECD publications, and official UN documents. All students will receive a comprehensive library orientation session at the beginning of the course.

An online tool will be provided for students to lecture notes, reading lists and other materials specific to each course, as well as a message board and forum to facilitate discussion among faculty and students.


Admission details are available on http://cecar.unu.edu/climate/courses/leadership-sustainability/ls-admission and applicants can apply at http://cecar.unu.edu/apply.