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Inaugural Ceremony for the New UNU-ISP Postgraduate Programme


Date: September 13, 2010

Time: 10:30 - 13:00

Location: U Thant Hall, UNU Headquarters

Contact: Wilma James, UNU-ISP:

*By Invitation Only

In December 2009, the UN General Assembly amended the UNU Charter to make it possible for UNU to “grant and confer master’s degrees and doctorates, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions under conditions laid down for that purpose in the statues by the Council.”  The UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace will undertake postgraduate degree programmes leading to the granting of master’s and doctorate degrees on themes relevant to UNU-ISP’s focus on sustainability and peace.

As a first step, we are pleased to announce the admission of the first cohort of a Master’s of Science degree programme that will commence their studies on science, development and peace on 13 September 2010 for a period of two years.


10:30 - 10:40 Opening Remarks

Prof. Konrad Osterwalder, Rector, UNU

10:40 - 10:50 Congratulatory Remarks

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology

10:50 - 11:10 Orientation on UNU-ISP Activities

Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice Rector; and Director UNU-ISP

Introduction of UNU-IC Curriculum and Coordinators

Dr. Srikantha Herath, Senior Academic Programme Officer; and Academic Director, Graduate School

11:10 - 12:00 Keynote Speech

Prof. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, Executive Director, Japan Foundation for United Nations University

12:00 - 12:10 Group Photograph
12:10 - 13:00 Reception