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UNU International Courses to debut in 1999
The new programme of UNU International Courses (UNU/IC) aims to train postgraduate students and professionals from Japan and abroad who will seek positions in international organizations, including the United Nations and national foreign service efforts.
The first set of courses will be held next spring at the UNU Centre in Tokyo and organized in close cooperation with the UNU's research and training centres and programmes (RTC/Ps) and other United Nations agencies.
In addition to regular lectures, the UNU/IC will employ a range of educational modalities, including seminars, workshops, conferences, as well as print, broadcast, and multimedia products. The number of participants is limited to 15-20 per course, and English-language proficiency is essential.
The UNU/IC will offer an initial set of six-week modular courses on the following topics: "The United Nations System: Structure and Activities," "Environment and Sustainable Development," "International Trade and Dispute Settlement," and "Human Rights: Concept and Issues."
Teachers will include academic staff from the UNU Centre and RTC/Ps as well as adjunct professors, researchers involved in UNU projects, prominent international scholars and professional experts, and representatives of UN agencies and internationally-oriented organizations.
Participants will receive a certificate for successfully completing a course; they will be granted a UNU diploma for the completion of five courses. The UNU will request that international organizations, including UN agencies, take these certificates and diplomas into account when they are included in an employment application dossier.
In addition, the UNU will help to make arrangements with the United Nations and other relevant organizations to provide internships for successful UNU/IC participants.