The Asia Leaders Programme, a Dual Campus Master of Arts Programme, is a shared initiative of The Nippon Foundation, the UN Mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), and Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU). The objective of the programme is to train young Asian professionals to become peace building practitioners, ready to take up leading positions in their organizations.
The programme offers additional language training for candidates with intermediate English proficiency and includes an MA programme in an area related to peace building (11 specializations available!), specially designed Asia focus courses and a 4-month internship. Description of the Programme
This 17 to 20 month (depending on English proficiency) intensive academic programme begins in March 2012 and is accomplished in four terms:
1. Language training at AdMU in the Philippines (6 months for candidates with intermediate English, 3 months for candidates with advanced English);
2. MA coursework at the UPEACE Campus in Costa Rica (11 specializations available);
3. Asia Focus courses at the AdMU campus in the Philippines;
4. A four-month internship in Asia.
Thirty admitted applicants will be granted a full scholarship, provided by The Nippon Foundation. This includes: all tuition fees, the language-training module, academic materials, air travel, living expenses and basic insurance during the period of studies.
The Asia Leaders Programme offers theoretical and practical post graduate education to young Asian professionals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, providing them with a deep understanding of the central issues of peace building. Participants will broaden their knowledge base and will be able to engage with the major concepts, themes and debates within peace studies, preparing themselves for work with NGOs, governments, aid agencies, the UN and other organizations.
Furthermore, this programme empowers participants to conceptualize the key challenges faced by the international community, as well as the most promising potential areas and courses of action through an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective.