WELCOME to our fourth quarterly newsletter of 2017, rounding up the latest news and events from UNU-MERIT. Here we explore the push and pull of international development: innovation through science and entrepreneurship, and governance through public policy analysis. These roughly equate to #SDG9 and #SDG16, but our work essentially covers and connects all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Over the next three months we look forward to the Master's Open Day, the UNU Migration Network conference, and the MEIDE innovation conference.
- A student on our Master’s degree programme, Nrupaja Bhide, won the Action Research Prize at Maastricht University in September 2017. The €3000 award will be used to kickstart a waste separation project in her hometown of Pune, in India (#SDG11).
- The APPAM International Conference, which we co-hosted in Brussels on 13-14 July 2017, drew over 200 participants from around the world -- a mix of academics, policymakers and practitioners, including government employees, think-tank researchers, NGO representatives, etc. See all the media and commentary on our dedicated conference page (#SDG17).
- The next Open Day for our top-ranked Master’s degree programme in Public Policy and Human Development is set for 7 October 2017. Visitors will be able to quiz staff and students on every aspect of the programme during various information sessions held throughout the day (#SDG4).
- The 10th Conference on 'Model-based Evidence on Innovation and Development' (MEIDE) will be co-hosted by UNU-MERIT on 16-17 November 2017 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The conference brings researchers from all over the world to discuss links between innovation and economic development (#SDG9).
- UNU-MERIT is joining Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and Caritas Jordan to offer a five-day course 'Beyond the Refugee Crisis - Towards sustainable socio-economic development for host societies and refugee communities'.
- Participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to develop conflict-sensitive and sustainable socio-economic policies.
- Apply by 2 January 2018. (#SDG4)
- Apply by 1 November 2017 for our Dual Career PhD programme in Governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC²).
- This unique course offers professionals in the public and private sectors a way to focus their analytical skills and realise their ambitions.
- The programme is based around two specialisations: i. Governance & Policy Analysis, and ii. the Economics of Technology, Innovation & Development (#SDG8).
- Four countries, 12 cities: the fourth edition of Maastricht University Star Lectures will take place on 1 February 2018.
- Over the last three years, the UM Star Lecture concept has proven to be highly valued by alumni in the Netherlands and abroad. The concept: a number of leading UM professors share topical scientific insights with alumni on the same day, at the same time in 12 different cities across four countries.
- Check the website to find a lecture close to you or on a topic that interests you.(#SDG4)
- A new book edited by Prof. Louis Volante, with a foreword by Prof. Jo Ritzen, provides an in-depth analysis of the educational change process within our increasingly global educational policy environment (#SDG4).
- A new study by PhD fellows Ortrun Merkle and Julia Reinold and Prof. Melissa Siegel investigates the links between corruption and migration, including forced displacement, and gives recommendations for addressing corruption as a cause of migration and displacement (#SDG16)
- Read our recent blogs on alumni working for the Colombian government, on professors working on social innovation, plus video interviews from our latest 'Reach & Turn' science reporting workshop including special guest Dirk Janssen, Dutch Ambassador to Panama.
- See the final media from our APPAM policy conference, including video interviews and blogs on social protection, environmental governance, and the human right to education.
- Until next time, in early January, please check our social media accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. You can also stay up-to-date on all our major publications via our monthly ‘First Impressions’ roundup.
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