United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) The Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (including Climate Change) (PAUWES), is a centre of excellence at the University of Tlemcen in Algeria. Called into existence by the African Union Commission in 2008, the Pan African University (PAU) is guided by the vision of an Africa managed by its own citizens and acting as a dynamic force in the international arena.
PAUWES offers two world class graduate programmes in which students address today’s most pressing development challenges. As secure water supply and innovative energy sources are of vital importance for the future of sustainable growth on the African continent, the institute is seeking a new generation of highly educated, well-trained students, who are committed to this goal.
The Master in Water and the Master in Energy programmes both offer a policy and an engineering track, awarding a joint degree from the Pan African University and the University of Tlemcen. Students are taught by renowned educators from African universities and the international academic community. They have access to state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge research and a distinguished faculty. Supported through cooperation with higher education and research institutions on the continent and beyond, the institute also benefits from a professional network of public, private and civil society actors.
UNU-EHS contributes to the development of ICT-based solutions to support the educational programme, social and professional networking among the online community of practice, and entrepreneurship and technology transfer.
United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) The two year Master Programme “Climate Change and Education” aims to develop the climate change expertise of students from 10 West African countries in an inspiring, multi-disciplinary and intercultural learning environment. Each year, ten to twenty students are admitted to the programme. Particular focus is placed on the capacity development of skills in communication, education and public relations. These skills are highly relevant for policy advice, public awareness building on climate change, as well as for the implementation of adaptation programmes. After the programme, the graduates are well prepared to work as educational experts and communication officers for national and international agencies, the media, as well as for civil society and donor organizations. Some students also choose to continue their academic careers in education or communication sciences.
UNU-EHS contributes to modules related to technology enhanced learning, e-Didactics, public awareness and public education.
Applicants must be citizens of one of the 10 WASCAL member states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d´Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal or Togo. The application process is handled by the University of The Gambia.
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.
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