United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) The WASCAL Master programme supports and facilitates academic instruction on the links between climate change and human security in West Africa. The program is hosted at the University of Lomé, Togo, in association with UNU-EHS as a counterpart institution to offer students an integrated learning environment. Students acquire the necessary skills to qualify them as disaster and risk management specialists on climatic risks based on relevant background knowledge in meteorology, geosciences, social sciences, health, economics, institutions, law and policy.
Upon completion of their study, students are expected to be able to: - Analyze, with scientific tools and methods, the threats and climatic risks societies or communities face; - Synthesize knowledge regarding integrated management strategies for climate change, specifically to improve human security; - Offer adaptation options, strategies and plans to deal with climate change at multiple scales; - Assist communities in dealing with climate change by implementing integrated adaptation and mitigation strategies.
UNU-EHS provides the scientific expertise in vulnerability and risk assessment frameworks and methodologies, along with insights into ongoing research activities and outcomes. Furthermore, UNU-EHS, together with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Regional Office for West and Central Africa (UNOCHA ROWCA) and the Togolese Red Cross, train students in the use of geospatial technologies, such as Remote Sensing and GIS for applications in the area of disaster risk reduction and emergency response preparedness.
ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL) For program leaders and task managers we offer specialized 3 or 5 days courses on a wide range of policies and methods to foster development and poverty reduction. Participants can choose from more than 20 different courses to advance their expertise. These courses can either be taken individually or as part of a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Development and Cooperation.
We welcome professionals from bilateral and international organizations, from NGOs and foundations, and from the private sector. The NADEL courses are taught in either English or German.
United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) The main purpose of the two-year Master’s of Science programme is to provide postgraduate students with detailed knowledge, critical understanding, strategies and the tools required to take an interdisciplinary approach towards environmental risks and human security. The Master’s programme addresses theoretical and methodological debates in geography to better understand the complex emergence of environmental risks and natural hazards and their implications for human-nature relations (vulnerability, resilience, adaptation) and how to deal with them in practice.
As a joint programme by the Department of Geography and the United Nations University in Bonn, the course provides a unique combination of advanced conceptual and applied engagements with the field of environmental risks and human security in an international context.
Fields of expertise include Vulnerability Assessment, Ecosystem Services, Sustainable Development, Disaster Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Human-Nature Relationships, Science & Technology Studies, Development Geography, Geomorphology, Socio-Hydrology, Future Studies, GIS and Remote Sensing.
The Programme consists of 11 modules, of which nine are taught in the first three semesters followed by a compulsory internship and the independent work on the Master’s thesis. An internship of at least eight weeks is a compulsory part of the programme.
The programme’s primary goals are: - Theoretical and methodological expertise in the field of environmental risks and human security combined with practical experiences - Strong focus on developing countries/ the “Global South” - Intercultural and interdisciplinary learning environment - Possibility to engage in ongoing research projects at both institutions - Close cooperation with the UN system & international organizations