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Climate and sustainability masters programme gets the green light

The programme is aimed at both existing urban professionals, as well as those with multi-disciplinary environmental backgrounds and will create professional pathways in urban climate change leadership.

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The programme will lead to professional pathways in climate change leadership
The programme will lead to professional pathways in climate change leadership

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has secured €4.4m to host an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters programme on Urban Climate and Sustainability (MUrCS) with LAB University of Applied Sciences, Finland, University of Huelva, Spain, and Dresden University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

 

The grant will fund 88 postgraduate scholarships until 2024, with the programme split across all four universities. The consortium also includes five academic associate partners from Japan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, South Africa and Brazil, plus 11 local authority and public/private sector bodies which will help facilitate problem-based learning and industry-relevant projects in a work placement-setting.

“It will integrate the science of nature-based solutions as the approach to mitigation, with circular economy as the driver for urban planning, and sustainability leadership as the management goal”

The successful bid team was led by Professor Rohinton Emmanuel, a director of GCU’s BEAM Centre, along with Dr Caroline Gallagher and Dr Craig Thomson.

 

“This programme is aimed at both existing urban professionals, as well as those with multi-disciplinary environmental backgrounds and will create professional pathways in leading sustainable urban climate change,” said Emmanuel. “It will integrate the science of nature-based solutions as the approach to mitigation, with circular economy as the driver for urban planning, and sustainability leadership as the management goal.”

 

The course aims to:

  • develop a critical understanding of the complexity of urban sustainability and the need for local action to combat global climate change;
  • offer several professional pathways in leading sustainable urban climate change adaptation/mitigation;
  • enable you to operate in senior positions – in both the public and the private sectors – to lead sustainable and climate oriented planning.

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