New Mphil Programme in Natural Resource and Environmental Governance

Published: 15 Feb 2017

MPHIL NATURAL RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, KUMASI, GHANA

 

A NEW PROGRAMME RESPONDING TO SECTOR NEEDS.....

This Postgraduate Programme in Natural Resource and Environmental Governance is designed to respond to the dynamics in natural resource management practices, job market demands and challenges of new global environmental resource management paradigms.              

The role of natural resources in the economics and environmental stability of countries is expanding.  Also, current understanding of natural resource management and its link with the environment is far more sophisticated than has been in past decades. Resource management is again faced with wider stakeholder interests and more opposing demands especially at a time when resource deposits and ecosystems are experiencing decline in both cover and quality at rates higher than any other period in history.

These developments have transformed the work of the natural resource manager from that of only managing ecosystems and extraction, to one of applying a wide range of skills to respond to these diversified interests and expectations of stakeholders as well as the competing claims on the resources and the environmental consequences of their use. Thus the job market’s demand for competencies of natural resource graduates is evolving very fast.

This programme therefore provides training and education tailored to address this changing trend.

AIM OF PROGRAMME:

The programme aims at producing a crop of postgraduates with the right competencies (attitude, skills and knowledge) for addressing complex multidisciplinary and multifaceted challenges in natural resource and environmental management related to institutions, policy, legislation, decision-making and implementation.

Specifically, graduates from the programme will build capacity to recognize and respond appropriately to all the different ramifications of the complex problems associated with natural resources and environmental issues. They would also be able to research and work on multi-faceted problems and in multidisciplinary teams, applying professional ethics and appropriate governance structures to effectively address various offences in the natural resources and environmental sectors.

PROGRAMME THEMATIC AREAS:

The programme covers a number of courses in its first year, which can be grouped under five main thematic areas. These are:

  • Livelihoods, Political Economy and Sustainable Development
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Policies and Politics
  • Innovations, Communication and Conflict Management
  • Integrated Natural Resource Management
  • Research Methods

WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THE PROGRAMME DESIGN AND DELIVERY?

  • Meticulously designed with the active engagement of stakeholders from various sectors including academia, industry, research and civil society groups to ensure that the programme addresses challenges in natural resource and environmental management in this 21st Century and beyond.
  • Mode of delivery consciously ensures that students acquire not only relevant knowledge but also critical skills, attitudes and mindsets
  • Actively engages stakeholders from different sectors in course delivery and creates  adequate opportunities for gaining practical hands-on experience in addressing existing problems
  • Provides a holistic multidisciplinary perspective to real-life problems in the natural resource and environmental sectors

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • The Programme is intended for mid-career professionals with an interest in ensuring sustainable natural resource and environmental management.
  • Applicants should have a bachelor degree in: Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Science or other related disciplines.
  • Applicants should be well motivated to work in multidisciplinary teams and to challenge their own disciplinary based assumptions.

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Obtain application forms from:

The School of Graduate Studies

 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Kumasi, Ghana

Click here to read more on mode of Application:

For additional information, contact the Programme Co-ordinator: jbecheruo.canr@knust.edu.gh; joanabeulah@gmail.com

+233-246-774029

 


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