Course on Leadership for Sustainability


    UNU-IAS invites applications for the 7-day Postgraduate Course on Leadership for Sustainability (LS), to be held on 14–28 October 2013 at UNU headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. This pioneering course aims to foster future leaders with a deep understanding and awareness of sustainability challenges.

    The course was developed under the framework of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR), a collaborative initiative of more than 20 leading universities across Asia that is committed to developing postgraduate educational and research programmes on climate and ecosystems change, adaptation and sustainability science. UNU-IAS acts as the Secretariat for UN-CECAR.

    The LS course aims to educate and develop leaders with the ability to understand sustainability and sustainability leadership; align business, government and civil society actions with sustainability principles; make informed choices on organizational and leadership models and strategies to realize sustainability; and relate emotional intelligence with effective sustainability leadership. The course covers the sustainable development goals, basic concepts of leadership, trends and insights on leadership, organizational psychology, leadership and business leadership, and sustainability. It also offers tailored exercises to enable participants to learn negotiation skills through experience and practice.

    Completion and Credit Transfer

    Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-IAS. The course comprises 15 teaching sessions, and is designed to be worth two credits in accordance with the Japanese higher education system. While a number of universities have negotiated credit transfer agreements with UNU-IAS, the student’s university will make the final decision on whether to recognize this course.

    Daily Schedule

    There will be three sessions each day: 10:00–12:00, 13:00–15:00 and 16:00–18:00.

    Faculty and Learning Environment

    Students will benefit from working closely with highly experienced faculty members comprising distinguished UN-CECAR scholars and practitioners, UN agency staff, and UNU-IAS academic staff. UNU-IAS also shares a building with many UN agencies, which makes it a unique learning environment.

    The UNU Library offers access to a wide range of academic books, over 10,000 electronic journals, World Bank and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publications, and official UN documents. All students will receive a comprehensive library orientation session at the beginning of the course.

    A dedicated computer lab will be provided for students, with software to cater to the needs of each course. An online tool will be provided for students to review lecture notes, reading lists and other materials specific to each course, as well as a message board and forum to facilitate discussion among faculty and students.

    Student Support and Accommodation

    UNU-IAS will assist students throughout the courses, acknowledging that students may experience difficulties in adjusting to a new country and culture. Students will be provided with accommodation (in an affordable hotel close to the UNU building) during their stay in Tokyo.

  • Tuition Fees

    The tuition fee for this course is USD 2,000.

    English Language Requirements

    Excellent written and verbal English language skills are required. Applicants whose first language is not English and whose bachelor’s degree is not from an institution at which English is the language of instruction must submit proof of English language proficiency within the past 2 years. The minimum score requirements for TOEFL or IELTS are listed below:

    • 600 TOEFL paper-based
    • 100 TOEFL internet-based
    • 7.0 IELTS academic version


    The following applicants are exempt from submitting a score sheet.

    1. Applicants whose first language is English.
    2. Those who graduated from a university or a graduate school located in a country where English is the first language.
    3. Those who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree programme taught in English. In this case, please submit a certificate showing that the programme you attended was taught in English.
    4. Applicants who submit proof by any other means that have proficiency in English equivalent to that described in points (2) and (3) above.
  • Application Deadline

    The application process is rolling and we will accept applicants on a first come, first served basis.

    How to Apply

    Applications must be submitted using the online application form.

    Applicants must submit the following:

    • a completed online Application with photo and signature;
    • proof of enrolment in a Ph.D. degree programme if you are a postgraduate student;
    • an original transcript of academic record;
    • evidence of TOEFL scores or equivalent proof of English-language proficiency for non-native speakers or those who do not have an academic degree in an English-speaking country; and
    • at least two references; one from the supervisor and one from another faculty member.
  • The course is worth 2 credits. The contents on each day are as follows:

    15 October
    Basic Concepts of Leadership
    Trends and Insights in Leadership

    16 October
    Art of Leadership Development
    Research on Leadership
    Introduction to Sustainability

    17 October
    Sustainable Development Goals
    Case studies on Sustainability (Environment and National Policies)
    Case studies (Conflict Management)

    19 October
    Hands-On: Building Negotiation Skills

    20 October
    Leadership Challenges
    Political Leadership, Civil Society Leadership and Sustainability
    Business Leadership and Sustainability

    21 October
    Areas of Sustainability: Energy and Food
    Areas of Sustainability: Biophysical and Socio Economics
    Indicators and Assessment

    22 October
    Approaches to Sustainability
    Emotionality and Leadership
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Please address specific queries as follows:

    • Application procedure, acceptance policies, and student logistics: Ms. Wilma James, UNU-IAS ()
    • Program content: Mr. Hideyuki Mohri, UNU-IAS ()