Announcing a New Master Programme in Migration Climate Change & Environment, opening in Fall 2022.
Migration and climate change are two of the most defining issues of our time. While people have always moved to adapt to a changing environment, our awareness and understanding of the environmental drivers of migration have grown significantly over the past few decades. The adverse impacts of climate change are increasingly leading to human mobility worldwide, with significant implications for policy-makers in government, NGO and humanitarian organizations, and even for international companies. The program will benefit from a wide network of international partners, in particular, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, diplomatic missions, and a wide array of academic and research partners that work on human mobility and environmental issues.
To respond to these major challenges of our contemporary world, Webster University faculty have collaborated with experts at other partner organizations, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), to develop a new, groundbreaking curriculum at the nexus of migration, climate change, and the environment. This new master's degree will offer students a unique opportunity to explore, investigate and understand these cross-cutting issues at the forefront of world affairs.
The program has been approved by the University's Graduate Council for launch in Fall 2022. The M.A. will both prepare students for relevant employment opportunities across the public, private and non-governmental professional sectors as well as prepare student scholars for pursuing further academic work in this domain in a postgraduate or Ph.D. program.
Webster University Geneva is uniquely poised to deliver such a program, given the unique location of Webster University Geneva Campus, just 5 kilometers from the U.N. District in Geneva, and its longstanding relationship with "Genève Internationale".
Students will be embedded in the multilateral context of Geneva throughout their studies—a tremendous advantage for learning and gaining real-world, practical insights. They will be surrounded by diverse international organizations and actors engaged at the forefront of international policy and dialogue regarding migration, displacement, disasters, environment, and climate change--as well as with intersecting issues of human rights and sustainable development, for example.
Webster regularly hosts related events and conferences on campus throughout the year, bringing renowned experts and practitioners from across “Geneve Internationale”. In addition, with the launch of this new M.A. Programme, the International Relations (I.R.) Department will organise customized site visits and professional exchanges, joint projects, and professional links for arranging internship experiences in the International Geneva milieu.