UN Tackles Climate Change Among Skill-Building Courses to Begin in January

Source: pointblanknews.com

Bernau bei Berlin, 4 December 2014 – The United Nations Environment

Program (UNEP) and the Italian Universitá degli Studii Padova are among

new cooperation partners to usher in fresh courses at iversity.org this

January. The curriculum targets practical business and job-related skills

as well as competencies that can be applied to critical global issues such

as human rights and climate change.
Addressing global issues requires the active participation of both

international political stakeholders and local communities. In line with

the United Nations Climate Conference in Lima that started this week,

iversity announces the free online course “Disasters and Ecosystems:

Resilience in a Changing Climate”, set to begin 12 January 2015. The

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Cologne University of

Applied Sciences produced this MOOC as a large-scale effort to educate

course participants about disaster prevention and risk management in the

age of climate change. Italian Università degli Studi di Padova addresses

another key global issue with the course Human Rights: Global & Local

Protection. Students will be given insights into the international and

academic debate on human rights as well as learn actionable measures that

can protect them.
Other new partnerships bring courses that cater to professional

development. Online learners have access to skills for shaping business

opportunities, developing innovative ideas and gamifying complex

Procurro Solutions joins the platform to teach fundamental methods for

making well-informed business decisions with the course Business Analysis

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) targets another side of the

business field with Idea Generation Methods for realising new ideas and

propelling innovation.
The EU funded project SEGAN offers Serious Game Design and Development,

going beyond entertainment and applying game strategies to complex,

real-world problems.
Homuork offers Public Speaking, one of the most basic skill every

professional needs. Students who earn a certificate will be invited to

take these skills offline and participate in the exclusive Pitch Contest

in Barcelona, Spain.
More discipline-specific opportunities are also found in the expanding

course catalogue.
The Italian Accademia di Belle Arti (Abadir) will offer the first part of

a 3-part series, Architecture 101, as an introduction to space and

architecture through 101 exercises. This course will also offer students

the possibility to earn university ECTS credits.
Historians, archaeologists and curious minds also have an exclusive

opportunity to participate in Stonehenge, a course that allows students to

explore one of the most mysterious sites from the history of human

iversity's Co-Founder and Managing Director Hannes Klöpper comments on

iversity's January curriculum: “We're happy to have strong partners on

board bringing online courses that offer relevant and practical skills for

students and working professionals. Our academic partnerships network

continues to grow. It is exciting to see online learning become an

essential element of contemporary higher education.”

About iversity
iversity.org is Europe's leading platform for academic online courses. We

support universities on their way into the digital age. iversity enables

instructors from recognised institutions to teach interactive online

courses to thousands of students from around the world. In so doing, we

help to broaden global access to quality higher education.

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