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  1. 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!
  2. Hi All, Decisions are hard, any insight would be greatly appreciated! A bit of background: I'm from the Midwest, got my undergrad degree in Environmental Science and Policy, and I am hoping to specialize in sustainable energy. Ultimately, I am hoping to work on multilateral sustainable energy issues. Still waiting to hear back from Oxford and LSE, but my currently these are my top choices: 1) Columbia University - MPA in Environmental Science and Policy -1 year. Obviously, Columbia is a great school with high name recognition and I assume a really great alumni network. The location is also a huge bonus in terms of career opportunities/connections during and after the program. I received fellowship funding, but even with that total costs would still be YIKES. 2) University College London - MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment - 1 year. This program is way more specific to the exact area I hope to work in. I've wanted to study and/or work in London since I was 14, so I'm way more excited about location than Columbia (sorry NYC). London would also have great career/networking opportunities. However, while I'd like to work in the UK after getting my degree, it's possible that family obligations may bring me back stateside. After doing a rough calculation of tuition + living + flights/London transport, UCL will still be several thousand cheaper than Columbia. So, the crux of the matter: I would rather be in London and the program there is a bit more suited to my interests (but am I backing myself into a corner with that?), but I'm worried about job prospects after graduation, and I don't want to shoot myself in the foot. Also, having a hard time comparing an MPA vs. and MSc - i.e. would it really make a huge difference? It seems Columbia has more name recognition than UCL, (which is a stupid thing to consider, but there it is). However, UCL ranks higher if not equally with Columbia on world rankings. Thank you for reading this short story and for any insight you have!
  3. Hey! I was recently admitted to Brandeis University (M.A. in Sustainable International Development), University of Edinburgh (MSc in International Development), and Uppsala University (M.S. in Sustainable Development). The programs are pretty different and I'm having a difficult time deciding between the three. I think I'd eventually like to work with an intergovernmental or nonprofit organization in fair trade or corporate social responsibility. I'm particularly interested in human rights (and sustainability, but mainly human rights) within the garment industry but am keeping an open mind as I start my graduate studies. I'm curious how each of the programs is viewed by potential employers and those in the development world. For those who graduated from one of the programs, was it easy to find a job after graduation? I'm also interested in hearing thoughts on one-year vs two-year programs. I'm leaning towards the University of Edinburgh but am a little concerned that one year might not be enough time to prepare me for a career in international development. There are quite a few extracurriculars, and I have some time to figure out what exactly I'd like to do before the program starts, but I'd still only be able to take two core courses and four electives. I'm not sure it's enough considering I have no background in development. The other programs are both two years. For anyone who graduated from one of these programs, what were the pros and cons? I have to make a decision within the next few days and I'm completely torn. Any input from other applicants or graduates of the programs would be amazing
  4. Hello everyone. I wish you happy new year, and good start in 2017. I am interested in pursuing 1 year full-time Master program in Sustainability ( MBA or Masters) in Europe, or 2 year course if it is outstanding. I am looking for something which has strong focus on Sustainability/ Sustainable Development/ Food Security and related topics. Moreover, the program should be for people who has lot of work experience. I have already worked for 8 years in IT in Asia and Europe, hence looking for programs which has students with average age of more than 25 yearsI have only come across these 3 programs so far. Please see below. Any inputs for these three programs will be helpful too. HEC Paris - MSc Sustainable DevelopmentSustainability Management School Switzerland - Master in Management Sustainable Development Exeter - One Planet MBA. IHIED - Development studies which can be combined with a major in Sustainability; but it is 2 year program and they might be more inclined for people with Social Science background, and I have engineering degree. Can anyone help me answer my question ? Can someone tell me other programs he/she is aware of? I will really appreciate your help. Regards.
  5. Hi everyone! I'm a little late coming to the cycle for this year, but better late than never. My problem is that I just don't know where to start. I'm going to graduate with a Master's in Political Science (UN and Global Policy Studies at Rutgers University) in May and I want to pursue a PhD but I'm just not sure what department might be a good fit. I'm looking at International schools as well as US based schools. I do have a few professors who have said they'd write me letters of recommendation. My biggest issue is I can't figure out how to put all my interests together in a cohesive way. My research interests run along the lines of cultural attitudes, mental health issues, democracy, globalization, gender inequality, sustainable development, identity, and democracy. I'm currently interested in how social/racial/gender/economic inequalities affect democratic participation. Also I have no idea how to start reaching out to people in departments that might be interested in working with me. Advice?
  6. I was intending on going to Lund University's Masters in International Development and Management, but two weeks ago I got a late acceptance from UCL's Environment and Sustainable Development Program. I'm having a lot of trouble deciding because I'm not super sure how consultancies, development organizations, or multilaterals think in terms of hiring. So far two professors in related fields (development econ and urban planning for low-income countries) have recommended UCL flat out. People I knew who worked in UNDP and UNEP both told me to go for the highest brand value due to how competitive the field can be. That being said, I feel a bit risk adverse because while Lund teaches project management techniques, data analysis and SPSS, ArcGIS, and ensures a three month internship as part of the course structure, UCL only briefly touches on mapping applications and has a heavier policy and case study emphasis. It seems though that I'm choosing between more skill development with Lund and better name recognition and networking opportunities with UCL, and it's hard to determine what will matter more. UCL is the same overall price (though carried in one year), and has the slight advantage of pushing me back into the job market earlier, meaning I can start paying down student loans sooner. Looking for insight!
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