Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Program CCD-STeDe

Erasmus Mundus Join Master Program on Climate Change and Diversity: Sustainable Territorial Development

CCD-STeDe aims to create experts in the area of sustainable territorial development in the context of climate change. More concretely it trains professionals to be able to help organizations acting in the territory (enterprises, local communities, civil society organizations, public administrations) to draft sustainable development policies combining economic, social, environmental, international and intercultural dimensions.
Job opportunities for alumni could be found in all sectors where actions for territorial transitions should be implemented, in particular in territorial organizations responsible for the creation of sustainable territories (territorial communities, enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations, local governments), the central government and international organizations.
The Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree Course is held in English and in a second language (French or Spanish). Furthermore, it is organized according to a pre-established international mobility: I semester in Padua, II and third semester in a European or extra-European university.
The IV semester (for internship and thesis) will be held anywhere in the world with the supervision of the universities of the consortium which includes universities from Europe, Africa and Latin America: University of Padua, Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador, Université de Ouagadougo Burkina Faso, Univeristy of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Students can also carry out internship and research activities for the thesis in the three non-academic partner sites: Via-Via Tourism Academy – Belgium, Alda – Italy and Fundacion Pacha Mama Ecuador.
The pillars of sustainability as defined in the 2030 Agenda (people, planet, prosperity) declined in places are the red thread in the teachings that are distributed in the various locations involved during the first three semesters. The partnership and peace components or the governance dynamics, the policies, which govern the 3 previously mentioned, are particularly applied during the fourth semester, dedicated to the training internship and the elaboration of the final exam, as moments of reflection and practices in weaving of the different components and challenges of sustainability in the context of climate change.
Master graduates will have the ability to recognize the emergence of favorable conditions for sustainable development and, at the same time, to identify unsustainable conditions, to design development sustainability processes and plan corrective practices in unsustainable contexts; finally, they will be able to promote the emergence of favorable conditions for sustainable development.
In particular, in this regard, Master graduates will have an in-depth knowledge and will have the ability to apply – in full autonomy, with managerial functions and also in particularly problematic contexts – the different methodologies used for the elaboration, implementation, monitoring and the evaluation of programs and projects for the territorial transition towards sustainability in the context of climate change by interacting with the different approaches: development, alternatives to development, post-development.
The internship is organized in cooperation with relevant organizations and NGOs, working on case studies as starting point for the preparation of the Master thesis.
The Master includes the kick-off seminar (KOS) involving of all the operational resources of the course. The introductory effectiveness of KOS derives from creating a solid foundation for teaching activities by sharing the contents of the course and knowing the roles / tasks envisaged.

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