UNU-FLORES engages in postgraduate education in line with its mandate and in cooperation with its partners. Ultimately, UNU-FLORES aims at addressing various target groups in its postgraduate teaching and training programmes which are currently prepared and developed for:
- researchers and academics,
- professionals/practitioners, and
- administrators and decision makers .
In the first half of 2014, UNU-FLORES launched a joint PhD programme with TU Dresden and various e-learning courses addressing specific topics related to the nexus approach are scheduled for the second half of the year. A unique feature of all teaching and training programmes will be the emphasis on the global dimension of the covered issues, international exchange programmes for students and involved teachers as well as internships in UN agencies. Aspects of blended learning will be incorporated.
At present three online courses are under development covering the following topics:
- multiple uses of water services,
- life-cycle cost analysis of infrastructure projects, and
- inter-governmental fiscal relations.
UNU-FLORES will actively explore opportunities to deliver the online courses in partnership with research institutes and think tanks in emerging and developing countries. Here you can learn more about the online courses: http://flores.unu.edu/e-learning/
A critical element in pursuing UNU-FLORES´ mission has been the establishment of a PhD programme, since it combines research activities on the nexus of environmental resources and (advanced) education. Overall, the research conducted in the framework of the Nexus Academy is meant to add value to the overall performance of UNU-FLORES as a think-tank for the integrated management of environmental resources.
The programme will be implemented as joint programme of UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden based on the Framework Agreement from December 2012. The Nexus Academy will offer a structured approach, meaning that besides research, integrated in a coherent research programme, course work will be part of the programme. The collaborative approach means that students
- Will be co-supervised by UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden;
- Benefit from the research infrastructure, expertise and scientific network of both institutions;
- Will take courses and participate in workshops and seminars offered jointly by UNU-FLORES and TU Dresden or as stand-alone course/workshop/seminar of either institution open for students participating in the programme;
- Receive a joint degree of UNU and TU Dresden after successful graduation.
The Nexus Academy will be an integral part of the research programme of UNU-FLORES and a major element of the cooperation with TU Dresden. It will be linking to existing and thematically related programmes at TU Dresden (the currently established Graduate Academy) and of other partner-institutes. As one of the benefits of being enrolled in a programme of an institute of UNU, PhD students will have access to modules, courses and workshop in thematically related areas by other UNU-Institutes (e.g. UNU-ISP, UNU-EHS, UNU-INWEH, UNU-WIDER), ultimately aiming at a “multi-nodal” programme, including modules offered by all partners.
The joint Doctoral programme in “Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste” by UNU and TUD is planned to start in October 2014.