Two years ago, the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation entered into a partnership with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network Association (SDSN), led by renowed economist and Director of Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Columbia University’s Professor Jeffrey Sachs.
The partnership, based on a steadfast commitment to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), aimed to develop the expertise needed to move Malaysia and Southeast Asia forward on the path of sustainable development, led to the establisment of the Jeffrey Sachs Centre on Sustainable Development at Sunway University.
Sunway University: Master in Sustainable Development Management
As the Southeast Asian base for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Centre is a hub of research and policy practice, delivering world-class programs to train students, practitioners and policy leaders on sustainable initiatives while working in collaboration with industry, agencies, government bodies and university worldwide.
In line with this, the Center had launched its first Masters programme on October 9.
Founder and Chancellor of Sunway University, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, AO said, in his opening remarks, “We are proud to mark another major milestone in the Centre’s journey – the launch of its Master in Sustainable Development Management Programme. It is our hope that this programme will produce a new generation of leaders who are equipped with the knowledge, the science and the analytical thinking to make real, positive changes for our country, our region and our world”,
Tan Sri Dr Cheah also announced that the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation is offering a bursary RM 30,000, more than 50 percent of the RM 50,000 fee, for the entire 18-month program for the first batch of students.
Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Malaysia and Member of Parliament for Bakri, Johor YB Yeo Bee Yin, delivered the keynote address before officiating the launch of the Master in Sustainable Development Management programme, saying that finally in Malaysia there is the foresight to develop the country towards a sustainable future.
To mark the auspicious occasion, Professor Sachs delivered a lecture on “How to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” where he spoke on the major transformation challenges of sustainable development, and its implications for Malaysia.
“Every country must decarbonise by mid-century, without ecxception. This is not a choice. This is a need. If every country with fossil fuels says, “Not us please”, it will get all of us killed, I’m sorry to say. The pace in which we act is not set by fairness. It is set by our survival needs. Fairness may determine who should bear the burden of loss and damage – and the rich countries, starting with my own, have a tremendous historical responsibility. When a country is hit bya a typhoon more intense than would have ever occured without the human induced factor, let those who are historically responsible for this increased intensity share in the bill. And pledge my voice to help Malaysia make that happen”, – Professor Sachs.
18 Months Programme Designed For Professionals And Recent Graduates
The Master in Sustainable Development Management at Sunway University is formulated to equip passionate, ambitious people from multidisplinary backgrounds to become pioneers who will be adept at management and problem-solving using analytics and systems thinking guided by global concerns.
Designed for working professionals and recent graduates, the Master in Sustainable Development Management will be delivered over 18 months through classroom sessions; virtual tutorials and e-modules; research projects; and individual and group assignments.
Notable local and international faculty who are expected to facilitate the programme include Professor Jeffrey Sachs; Professor Woo Wing Thye; and Dr Guido Schmidt-Traub, Senior Fellow at Jeffrey Sachs Centre on Sustainable Development, and Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Aplication submission for the January 2019 intake is now open.
For more information, please log on to http://jeffreysachs.center/graduate-study.