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Has anyone been to/ know anything about the United Nations University in Tokyo? I have applied to the MSc in Sustainability 'UNU-IAS', but I'm finding it a tough time to find alumni to speak to. Surprisingly the university is rated at 1000+ in the world as a university (or not mentioned at all in all the major rankings) but 6th in the world as a think tank. Does that mean its teaching quality is high/ its a good idea to do a post-grad there? - Is it a good experience to study there? - Does it set you up for a global career? - Is the teaching staff well reputed? Any comments, opinions or speculations are welcome!
“Call for Applications” The International Conference on Cultural Diplomacy & the UN “Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power in an Interdependent World: The Opportunities of Global Governance” (New York, February 21st – 24th, 2012) www.un-culturaldiplomacy-conference.org The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy is currently accepting applications for our forth coming event, which will take place in New York City from February 21st – 24th, 2012. The event will bring together government and diplomatic officials, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, young professionals, students and scholars, and other interested stakeholders from across the world for a program of lectures, workshops, panel and group discussions and social and cultural activities featuring leading figures from the fields of politics, the arts, academia, media, and business. The “Conference on The United Nations and Cultural Diplomacy” is one of a three–part series of International Conferences held by the ICD on the issue of ‘International Institutions and Global Governance: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy’. The aim of the conference this year is to reflect on the role of institutions such as the United Nations within the international system, on global governance as a whole in terms of key international issues and on how Cultural Diplomacy takes place. The program will consist of lectures, seminars, debates and panel discussions that will feature leading figures from international politics & diplomacy, academia, civil society, and the private sector. In an age of international instability and discontent, the United Nations marked a transition towards a more ‘soft’ power-based approach to international relations. With its specific aim to foster peace and cooperation agreements, the United Nations was the first institution to focus on relations between states and international understanding. Cultural Diplomacy is becoming increasingly important within international relations and The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy reflects the desire to expand on this work. This conference will focus on and analyze the probability of Cultural Diplomacy representing a useful tool for fostering international cooperation within an institutional framework and within the wider global government. To apply please visit: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/academy/index.php?en_uncdc-2011-application-form