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Green light for master's programme Governance of Sustainability

In September 2019, the first students will start the new master's programme Governance of Sustainability. The programme has received an official accreditation from the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders.

With the assigned CROHO code, students can now enroll via Studielink.

Sustainability from two perspectives

The master's programme in Governance of Sustainability focuses on students who want to become an intermediary between scientific experts, policy makers and politicians in the domain of sustainability. Students gain in-depth knowledge about sustainability from both the perspective of governance (social sciences) and from the science perspective. The need for these intermediaries was one of the most important reasons for developing this new transdisciplinary Master of Science.

Two top centres

The programme is offered by two leading institutes at the forefront of the fields of sustainability and public administration respectively. The Institute of Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science) is a center of excellence for strategic and quantitative research and education on sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity. The Institute of Public Administration (Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs) combines a solid international academic reputation with a central position among the international, national, regional, and local governance institutions of The Hague.

Location The Hague

The Governance of Sustainability programme will be based at the Campus The Hague. The Hague is the seat of the Dutch Government and is known worldwide as the international city of Peace and Justice. As such, it hosts a number of UN institutions, as well as a number of important international organisations. A perfect location for an international and governance oriented programme such as Governance of Sustainability. The programme will be taught in English.

Reactions prospective students

The 23-year-old Floor Pekelharing (Biomedical Sciences, pre-master Biology) attended the presentation of the new course during the Master’s Open Day on 2 November. I am interested in thus master’s programme, because I want to be critical of acquired knowledge, existing reports and sometimes one-sided perspectives.' Biology student Philippe Dols (22) also has a positive impression: 'Making the link between policy making and academic knowledge is an interesting challenge, that this master’s programme seems to be focusing on very well.'

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