2021•09•29 Tokyo & Online
On 29 September 2021, UNU-IAS held the closing session of the 2021 Intensive Core (IC) Courses. Thirty-three students from 17 countries participated in the three IC courses: (i) UN Systems and Sustainable Development, (ii) Global Change and Planetary Boundaries, and (iii) Principles of International Development Projects.
The courses provide unique opportunities to learn about essential theories and multilateral approaches to issues of sustainability and development, from interdisciplinary perspectives. The 2021 courses opened on 1 September. They marking the beginning of the academic year, providing new students with a solid foundation to begin their studies in sustainability in the postgraduate degree programmes.
The closing session began with three students giving speeches outlining what they had learned during the courses. Following the speeches, other participants shared their learning experiences and the knowledge they had obtained. Comments and further insights were also provided by each course coordinator, Kiichi Fujiwara (Professor, The University of Tokyo), Shinya Hanaoka (Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology) and Kensuke Fukushi (Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS). Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS) delivered congratulatory remarks and granted the certificates of completion.
In addition to lectures, discussions, and assignments, the students also participated in an online excursion to Meiji Shrine in Tokyo during a weekend break. In the closing session, several students expressed appreciation for the learning opportunities provided by the programme despite the challenges of COVID-19.