NTU HIGHLIGHTS December 2016  
  Teaching and Learning  

International Degree Cultivates Climate Change and Sustainable Development Professionals

The International Master's/Doctoral Degree Program in Climate Change and Sustainable Development in the College of Science is an interdisciplinary program that brings together faculty members and courses from the natural sciences and the social sciences, and aims to cultivate professionals with multi-disciplinary abilities and global perspectives. Established this academic year, IPCS has successfully admitted three doctoral and 14 master's degree students.

Reflecting the interdisciplinary composition of the program's faculty, IPCS has assembled 19 faculty members from ten departments and graduate institutes of five colleges at NTU. The professors team up to jointly teach basic as well as advanced courses at both the master's and doctoral levels in the domains of natural sciences and social sciences.

IPCS strives to foster future leaders who possess interdisciplinary knowledge concerning climate change and sustainable development who will go on to have careers as researchers or policymakers or work in industry. The students must learn to communicate and conduct research across disciplines by developing their talents across diverse academic fields. Case studies and seminars equip students with the practical skills they will need to promote sustainable development and design solutions to the problems caused by climate change.

IPCS's comprehensive and in-depth teaching strategies lead students to understand the core issues of climate change and sustainable development. The program broadens the experiences and perspectives of students, enabling them to better analyze events and issues related to climate change and sustainable development. While IPCS aspires to provoke the students' desire and passion to explore vital human-environment interactions, it also directs their attention to active learning, data collection, logical discourse, analysis, instrument operation, and practical skills.

In addition, IPCS endeavors to restore the holistic nature of knowledge by transcending the limiting biases caused by the specialization of knowledge. The program's ultimate goal is to cultivate students into interdisciplinary experts in climate change and sustainable development by integrating global and local experiences, employing scientific and humanities knowledge, and teaching individual and collective interdisciplinary problem-solving skills that can be use to address complex and multifaceted issues.