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UNU International Course: UN System - pressing issues and sustainable solutions

  • Main organization:United Nations University (UNU)
  • Type:University programme
  • Level:Certificate/Diploma
  • Degree/Diploma/Certificate:UNU certificate
  • Geographical coverage:Global
  • Location:Japan
  • Contact:Ms. Wilma James through e-mail: james@hq.unu.edu.
  • Frequency:Annual
  • Language:English
  • Duration:11 May - 19 Jun 2009

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United Nations University (UNU) will organize the tenth regular session of its six-week UNU International Course at UNU Centre in Tokyo, Japan, from 11 May through 19 June 2009.

The UNU International Courses (UNU/IC) are organized annually for a select group of postgraduate students and professionals in various occupations (from multidisciplinary educational background including environmental sciences) who wish to pursue careers in international fields in public-service or private organizations, including the United Nations, multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations, as well as national foreign service organizations. The courses are designed to provide analyses of global issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

UNU/IC consists of a compulsory Core course (UN System: Pressing Issues and Sustainable Solutions) and optional Courses (Students are allowed to choose one or two courses from - Peace and Human Rights; Global Change and Sustainability; International Development and Cooperation). The courses are offered by international faculty and English will be used as instruction language.
Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to find appropriate funding from potential sources. Limited numbers of fellowships (both full and partial) are also available to assist very few outstanding candidates from developing countries.

Course Requirements: In addition to regular class attendance and active participation in class discussions, course participants are required to prepare short weekly written assignments, to give a group or individual presentation, complete the Course Evaluation form and to submit an extended essay (of about 2,500 to 3,000 words) towards the end of the programme. Participants who successfully complete at least one course will receive a UNU Certificate of Completion.

Subject Areas

Core Course: UN System: Pressing Issues and Sustainable Solutions

Optional Courses:
I. Peace and Human Rights
II. Global Change and Sustainability
III. International Development and Cooperation

Target Audience

Postgraduate students and young professionals (with a college or university degree) in various occupations in Japan and abroad who wish to pursue careers in international fields in public-service or private organizations, including the United Nations, multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations as well as national foreign service organizations. The courses are designed to provide analyses of global issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Admission Requirement

The application will be reviewed by the UNU-IC Selection Committee, consisting of the course coordinators for the four courses that will be offered in May–June 2008. The Committee will review applications primarily based on the following criteria:
• Relevance and level of the applicant’s educational and professional background;
• Linkage of the chosen courses with the applicant’s future career plans;
• Demonstrated interest by the candidate in issues of global concern;
• Analytical capacity;
• Academic and professional performance;
• English-language skills
UNU is committed to achieving geographical and gender balance and genuine diversity in all its research and teaching activities.

Application Procedure

Applicants for the UNU-IC should submit their application dossier, consisting of:
(i) a completed Application Form with photo and signature;
(ii) original transcripts of academic records at the college or university level, or certified copies of original transcripts (these will not be returned to the applicant, so please do not include original certificates of diplomas or degrees);
(iii) TOEFL scores (minimum: paper-based 550/computer-based 213) or equivalent proof of English-language proficiency for non-native speakers;
(iv) three confidential letters of reference on official letterheads or using the UNU Recommendation Form (these will not be returned to the applicant); and
(v) a UNU Fellowship Application for those who are applying for a UNU Fellowship (see “Fellowships”).
All of the above-mentioned documents must be received at UNU-IC Secretariat, United Nations University Centre, 53-70 Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan by 31 January 2009. Applicants may apply to take one or two courses, and can re-apply in subsequent years to take additional courses. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
If you wish to apply for the courses, please visit our website at http://www.unu.edu/ic/ for a copy of the brochure and UNU-IC application forms. If you have further questions, please contact: Ms. Wilma James, Training Assistant, UNU-IC Secretariat, United Nations University Centre, Tel: +81-3-3499-2811; Fax: +81-3-3499-2828; E-mail: james@hq.unu.edu.
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2009.

Your completed application form, together with supporting materials, must be received by 31January 2009. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive for the courses, UNU is unable to acknowledge receipt of your application or each individual document. Short-listed candidates will becontacted on or after 31 March.
Do not contact the UNU-IC Secretariat for results. Your application documents will not be returned to you. Reapplication by unsuccessful candidates will be necessary for the following year.You can download the forms for Application for UNU-IC, Recommendation and UNU
Fellowship Application from our website at http://www.unu.edu/ic.


Participants from developing countries* who take two courses (Core and an Optional Course) and who can demonstrate a need for financial assistance are invited to apply for a limited number of UNU full and partial fellowships. These fellowships will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Competition for fellowships is extremely fierce; applicants or potential applicants are advised to approach their home institutions, funding sources or foundations for financial support early in the application process. In the majority of cases, fellowships will be awarded to cover the costs of accommodation, travel and per diem expenses, with candidates expected to pay their own tuition costs (US$1,500 for two courses). Those who wish to apply for a UNU fellowship should complete the UNU Fellowship Application form, which is available at our website.

Tuition and Cost

The tuition fee is ¥100,000 per course - about US$1,000 - or ¥150,000 (about US$1,500)
for two courses ¥200,000 three courses - about US$2,000

Deadline for application

31 Jan 2009


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Last updated

26 Jan 2009

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