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Agenda 2030: Poverty, Climate Change and Sustainability, Short Course

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University rank #194 (QS) Bergen, Norway
The main objective of this Agenda 2030: Poverty, Climate Change and Sustainability course at the University of Bergen is to analyse these challenges within an integrated scientific framework and to provide students with tools to address these and other major global challenges. 
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  • Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions has been defined by the United Nations as “the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development” in their “Agenda 2030”. In the same document, climate change was defined as the other of the great challenges of our time due to its actual and predicted effects on present and future generations and its unprecedented and disproportioned impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable in the world.
  • Transdisciplinary research (TDR) and more specifically, Sustainability Science, offer the possibility to address urgent societal problems focusing on the transition to sustainability and the quest for integrated research and teaching.
  • The Agenda 2030: Poverty, Climate Change and Sustainability course at the University of Bergen will start by presenting Sustainability Science as an emerging field that spans academic disciplines and brings together scholarship and practice with global and local perspectives from the North and South.
  • The programme will include research and educational modules that will explore the theoretical and empirical links of some of the biggest challenges of our time; poverty, climate change, and sustainable development. These modules will be co-ordinated and taught by specialists in each field. A final module will contribute to the integration of knowledge and collective evaluation of the ideas and research proposals developed during the course.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Module 1: Sustainability Science and Transdisciplinary Research (TDR)This module will look at how TDR can provide a toolkit to address sustainable development and the greatest challenges of our time with a focus on the dynamic interactions between nature and society?

Module 2: Poverty eradication in the MDG/SDG era

This module will take a closer look at how the MDGs and SDGs processes addressed poverty. 

Module 3: Climate change, Climate Services, and Food SecurityThis module aims to provide a basic understanding of climate change and its impact at global and regional level.

Module 4: Integrating analysis & perspectivesThis module will aim to integrate the knowledge contained in previous sessions. 




 Vivi Stavrou, Senior Executive Manager, ISSC;

 Oliver Mtapuri, Associate Professor in Development Studies, UKZN; 

William Clark, Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • The Bergen Summer Research School offers PhD candidates and junior researchers the opportunity to work together with internationally renowned scholars.
  • In order to participate, you need to have a good command of the English language. Full participation in the course-specific modules, reading of the provided literature prior to the summer school, and participation in all plenary events and roundtables is required.
  • Participants may take only one of the seven parallel courses.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    412 EUR/full
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  • EU/EEA

    412 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 412 EUR for the full programme and a duration of .
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The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000 

Living costs for Bergen

  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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