UNSSC is known for being a pioneer in interagency learning, training, and knowledge management. We understand the way managers in international affairs want and need to learn.
Our programmes prepare UN and non-UN leaders to work in highly complex settings. Our approach combines the learning and development goals sought by our partners while enabling the Staff College to build on the research and teaching capabilities of an array of academic institutions. This is how our academic partnerships provide value.
The partnership with IE University has resulted in the Master in International Development, which was co-designed by the Staff College and IE University, as well as the Bachelor in International Relations. These degree programmes are geared for individuals who want to tackle the complex challenges associated with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The programmes provide participants with a unique opportunity to benefit from the experience of two institutions that are deeply committed to learning at the highest level of excellence. A vibrant pool of UNSSC faculty combined with strong academic research undertaken jointly have helped both institutions emerge as premier learning providers.
In 2015 UNSSC partnered with Oxford’s Changing Character of War Centre to co-design the Changing Character of Conflict Tool. This tool, now integrated into Oxford’s Global Security Programme, has been critical to analyzing and understanding non-state armed groups. The partnership regularly brings together a network of experts, leaders and influential visionaries for research and rich peer exchanges.
The University of Governance in Berlin is partnering with UNSSC through an academic fellowship programme which allows selected Master students to spend their professional year at UNSSC. UNSSC and the Hertie School, along with the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY) have also co-designed a moderated online course on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development, which has been running successfully since 2017. Moreover, the Hertie School, along with LKY, is an academic partner in the Executive Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development, which brings together cohorts of innovative leaders from all walks of life with a track record as changemakers in the realm of sustainable development.
The UNSSC – King’s College partnership, established in 2021, supports the co-development of cutting-edge research, high-quality teaching and faculty exchanges across a broad range of programmes.
UNSSC and Politecnico of Turin partnered in 2020 to develop joint research projects, promote the sharing of expertise in areas of mutual interest, and jointly design internationally competitive training and learning activities.
UNSSC and the University of Cape Town work alongside each other to provide the UN Leaders Programme in South Africa.
UNSSC and the Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore work alongside each other to provide the UN Leaders Programme and the UN Executive Leadership Programme. In 2021, LKY became an academic partner of the Executive Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development, which is specifically targeted at a multi-stakeholder audience of changemakers.
Stellenbosch University’s Business School partnered with UNSSC to offer a Master’s degree with a specialization in management of international organizations that is fully aligned with the UN’s mission and mandate.