The programme is designed to build key interdisciplinary research skills and competencies in climate change and adaptation issues. It is based on learner-centred methods and interactive practical work done by participants. The course creates space and opportunity to exchange ideas and approaches and to update knowledge on local to global climate change and adaptation approaches. It requires active participation from all participants. Class sessions combine expert input with real-life case examples and field exposure. Session-based group work will enable participants to put their learning into practice and collectively seek answers to real-life questions. The participants will prepare a brief action plan with ideas on how to integrate learning into their individual research and academic work and that of their institutes.
The programme consists of four modules, to be completed in two weeks. A three-day field training is mandatory during the programme. Participants can use the interval weekend (one day) to sight see or engage with the local culture at their own expense.
Participants who successfully complete the entire course programme and its requirements will be granted certificates.
Module 1: Science of climate change and its responses through adaptation, resilience building and mitigation (Conceptual underpinning)
Module 2: International Policy Process and conventions and the application of conceptual framework (Policy and Institutional Framework)
Module 3: Integrating disciplinary perspectives on adaptation and resilience through field work (Skills of transdisciplinary field research)
Module 4: Communicating climate research to scientific and non-scientific audiences (Communication skills)
Lead instructors are Dr Anjal Prakash, Programme Coordinator, Himalayan Adaptation, Water, and Resilience (HI-AWARE), ICIMOD, and Dr Anne Zimmerman, Head of Education for Sustainable Development, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern (Switzerland).
Resource persons and invited speakers come from various programmes and initiatives of ICIMOD and HUC full members in the HKH region and academic institutions in Switzerland.
The HUC Academy 2018 aims to:
i) Enhance scientific and applied knowledge on selected issues related to climate change and adaptation in the HKH region.
ii) Identify a set of practical skills and competencies academics, practitioners, and future leaders will need, and help them work on the same.
iii) Create an interdisciplinary network of teaching faculty and scholars of climate change and adaptation in and for the HKH.
The HUC Academy targets early faculty members and PhD/Doctoral scholars from HUC member universities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan who are conducting research and training on issues related to climate change and adaptation for sustainable mountain development.
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Early-career faculty members from or PhD scholars enrolled at HUC full members (Annex).
- Female candidates and applicants from marginalized communities will be given preference.
- Past HUC fellows are strongly encouraged to apply.
- A good working knowledge of English is necessary.