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First UNU International Courses session ends successfully
The UNU/IC programme is intended for postgraduate students and professionals from Japan and abroad who are seeking positions in international fields, including the United Nations system, national foreign-service agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Two-thirds of the students (26) took two courses during the session, while the other one-third (13) took one course. The courses were taught in English by an international staff of topic experts, with 12 to 19 participants per course.
The four courses offered during the pilot session were:
Each course met for 90-minute sessions three times per week. Students were required to submit a 5,000-word paper for each course.
UNU/IC instructors include UNU academic programme staff and scholars engaged in UNU research projects as well as representatives of various UN agencies and other international organizations, and university professors and professionals from around the world. Among the 27-member team of instructors for the pilot session were Prof. Yozo Yokota, professor of law, the University of Tokyo (Japan); Dr. Michael Glantz, senior scientist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA); Prof. David Forsythe, professor of political science, University of Nebraska (USA); and Dr. Gary Sampson, former director of the World Trade Organization's Trade and Environment Division (Switzerland).
Students received UNU Certificates of Completion from the UNU Rector at a closing ceremony on 12 March. During the award ceremony, a participant selected from each course gave a brief presentation about what had been accomplished during the programme's pilot session.
According to Prof. Hideo Sato, UNU/IC Director, it is intended that the UNU/IC programme will become "an integral part of the UNU's training and capacity-building activities. We hope that the pilot courses will pave the way for regular courses to be offered every year."