Every year UNU-IAS organizes the regular session of its five-week UNU Intensive Core Courses (UNU-IC) at UNU Centre in Tokyo, Japan. The courses are designed to provide analyses of global issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Although advanced in nature, they are open to postgraduate students and professionals in various occupations who are not necessarily specialists in the field. The courses also draw on the research projects undertaken at UNU-IAS in Tokyo and at various other UNU institute located around the world. Since September 2010, the International Courses (IC) programme has been incorporated into the core courses of the UNU-IAS Master of Science in Sustainability programme.
The Autumn 2015 session of the UNU Intensive Core Courses will run from 7 September to 9 October 2015.
The IC Courses are taught in a cooperative fashion by a team of scholars and practitioners comprising both in-house and outside experts. One of the unique features of the IC is that many of the practitioners come from United Nations organizations. Another important characteristic is the direct access to teaching faculty and the support provided to course participants by the UNU-IAS in-house academic staff who serve as academic counsellors. Because it shares a building with many UN agencies, UNU-IAS offers a unique learning environment.
The UNU Library offers access to a wide range of academic books, over 20,000 electronic journals, official UN documents, and publications in the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development e-libraries. All students will receive a comprehensive library orientation session at the beginning of the course.
UNU-IAS assists students throughout the courses, acknowledging that students may experience difficulties in adjusting to a new country and culture. Students can stay in low-cost accommodation arranged by UNU-IAS at a nearby hotel. Further information on payment and hotel reservations will be provided to successful applicants.
These courses are designed for:
USD 2,000 (or JPY200,000) per course
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 two years. The minimum score requirements for TOEFL or IELTS are:
The following applicants are exempt from submitting a score sheet:
The application deadline has been extended to 31 July 2015.
Applicants for the IC Courses should submit their application dossier, consisting of:
All of the above-mentioned documents should be in English. Please attach official/certified translations where necessary.
The four IC courses provide students with a solid grounding in the essential theories and multilateral approaches to issues of sustainability and development, while emphasizing interdisciplinary perspectives.
Students are allowed to choose two courses maximum. There will be eighteen 120 minute sessions per course — i.e., three sessions per week over the five week course period. The courses will involve considerable reading and study, but will be scheduled to allow students to have sufficient preparatory and review time for each session.
Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of completion and a transcript from UNU-IAS. Each course is designed to be worth 2 credits and comprises of over 36 hours of teaching time. While a number of universities have negotiated credit transfer agreements with UNU-IAS, ultimately the decision on whether credits are transferrable will be made by the student’s university.
There are sixteen 90-minute sessions per course — i.e., three sessions of courses each day (10:00–12:00, 13:00–15:00 and 16:00–18:00), though no single course will take the entire three sessions of one day.
For each course, students must complete the following requirements:
Those who fail to complete the above requirements will only be awarded a “Certification of Participation”.