WELCOME to our fourth quarterly newsletter of 2015, rounding up the latest news and events from UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. We explore the push and pull of international development: innovation through science and entrepreneurship, and governance through public policy analysis. This time we look forward to our Master's Open Day, Saturday 10 October, and look back on the 2015 Global Innovation Index and the Global Goals series.
Over the summer we contributed to major international events, including World Youth Skills Day and World Water Week. In late August we finally moved into our new premises at 24 Boschstraat, as part of an urban regeneration scheme. Then in early September two UNU migration fellows wrote an open letter to world leaders on the Mediterranean Crisis, in a plea for better coordination at both EU and UN levels. Finally, UNU-MERIT was a lead partner in the design and delivery of the '17 Days, 17 Goals' series, ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York, 25-27 September 2015.
We look forward to welcoming you to our next Master's Open Day, Saturday 10 October, where you'll have to chance to meet and quiz our faculty staff and student representatives. Also this month, from 18-22 October, we head to Tehran, the capital of Iran, for our latest DEIP innovation workshop with senior policymakers. Finally, we hope to see you in Dakar, Senegal for our 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Development in Africa, on 26-27 November.
July 2015 marked the release of a new policy brief on Swiss Migration Partnerships, which looked in particular at bilateral cooperation and institutional coherence. September 2015 saw the publication of the 2015 Global Innovation Index (GII), featuring a chapter on innovation for development. Our researchers also contributed book chapters on global aircraft manufacturing and the role of rare earth supply risk in low-carbon technology innovation, among many others. See our press reviews for more details on all our publications.
In early September, Dr. Jinjing Li, a graduate of our PhD programme in 2011, returned to his alma mater. He was accompanying his wife, Jasmin Kientzel, who was here to (successfully) defend her PhD thesis. Dr. Mindel van de Laar spoke to Jinjing about the new life he’s started on the other side of the world, and his activities outside of research. Please contact Sueli Brodin for more details about our Master’s and PhD alumni activities.
In the third quarter of 2015, our researchers published inter alia four book chapters, seven research reports, and 16 journal articles. We also hosted five joint seminars and produced 17 public videos and 21 blog posts. Across social media, by the end of September, our Facebook page had drawn more than 5100 ‘likes’, while our YouTube channel had amassed over 84,000 views and 460 subscribers. Meanwhile, we had almost 1900 followers on our Twitter account. Please follow our work any which way you can!
Until next time, in early January, please check our Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. Recent blogs focus on World Teachers' Day 2015, Migration Perception and Priorities, and International Day of Peace (with a focus on Burundi). We also present highlights from our ‘press reviews’, covering major publications month-by-month, plus videos for our new course on Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM) and on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Finally, please help us improve our website by completing this short survey of eight questions.
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