European Center for Peace and Development - University for Peace established by United Nations (ECPD)

Introduction

The accomplishments of the European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD) during its 25 years of activity - and its plans for the coming period - reflect its intellectual mission as set out in the founding acts of the ECPD. Its mission has remained unchanged: to contribute to peace and development in Europe as the area of the ECPD’s activities, and to international cooperation in the transfer of knowledge, by organizing international postgraduate studies (at the specialist, master’s and doctoral levels) and postgraduate professional training and specialization (postgraduate schools, specialist seminars, instructive and other courses) and research in the relevant scientific fields. The ECPD’s guiding principle has always been: through peace to development, through development to peace. The has always operated primarily in Europe, at first in its south-eastern part, with an orientation towards the post-socialist countries that is, countries in transition. Nonetheless, in keeping with its program policy, it has increasingly been open for cooperation with the rest of the world. The basic premise, upon which the ECPD has based its program orientation and strategy, has been that development under conditions of peace is only possible when conceived as human development. It is undoubtedly true that a widening gap between developed and developing countries is causing internal and international tension and conflict, thus threatening peace in the world. But it is also true that the development of countries cannot be measured solely by the per capita growth of national income. If we want a stable world peace, we must strive towards human development by means of constant advance in the quality of human life. Education and, more generally, the diffusion of knowledge is the prerequisites for such qualitative improvement. In our view, the recent past, characterized by growing globalization of “good” and “bad” in the world is clear proof that the ECPD has chosen a topical and relevant strategy for its program orientation. The improvement of the quality of life is achievable by taking a holistic approach to the solution of problems.

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ECPD International Master Studies in Diplomacy

Campus Part time 2 years October 2018 Serbia Belgrade

ECPD UN University for Peace, an international educational and research institution, headquartered in Belgrade, is proud to offer the excellent program of its International Postgraduate Master Studies in Diplomacy. This program offers to the postgraduate students the highest level of academic achievement and requires a lot of dedication and systematic work. [+]

ECPD UN University for Peace, an international educational and research institution, headquartered in Belgrade, is proud to offer the excellent program of its International Postgraduate Master Studies in Diplomacy. This program offers to the postgraduate students the highest level of academic achievement and requires a lot of dedication and systematic work. The choice of subjects, teaching methods, and world-renowned professors guarantee quality and interesting studies that provide students with a high level of knowledge that is compulsory for a successful career in the realm of international organizations and economic diplomacy.

Postgraduate studies at master level lasting two and/or four semesters. The total length of time to be devoted to lectures, exercises and other forms of didactic work has been determined in accordance with the Charter and Statute of the UN University for Peace. In carrying out its program of instruction in the area of diplomacy, the ECPD applies the basic teaching methods, such as lectures, face-to-face consultations, case studies, interactive teamwork and individual projects.... [-]


International Economics, Finance and Banking

Campus Part time 2 years October 2018 Serbia Belgrade

The postgraduate students at the masters level are obliged to report the results of their researches (seminar papers, etc.) in a written form, in the specified/agreed format, concisely, clearly and in full. In order to facilitate the mastering of the skills and techniques of a written and oral presentation of the results of research/paper, special instruction will be provided. [+]

The total number of teaching hours is as follows:

First semester 145 Second semester 145 Third semester 155 Fourth semester 130 Total 575

Teaching includes as follows:

Ex cathedra lectures – 40% of total teaching Discussions relating to the subjects of teaching – 20% of total teaching Case studies – 15% of total teaching Giving an account of the progress and results of research of the students, including a group discussion – 25% of total teaching.

The postgraduate students at the masters level are obliged to report the results of their researches (seminar papers, etc.) in a written form, in the specified/agreed format, concisely, clearly and in full. In order to facilitate the mastering of the skills and techniques of a written and oral presentation of the results of research/paper, special instruction will be provided.... [-]


Technology of Solving Development Problems

Campus Part time 2 years October 2018 Serbia Belgrade

During the period 1986-1991, the ECPD organized and successfully conducted the postgraduate studies at the master’s level - “Technology of Problem Solving” - in Sarajevo, Zagreb, Athens, and Heidelberg. The evaluations of the quality of these postgraduate studies made by the students (about one hundred), as well as by the ECPD management and professional bodies imposed a need for and justified the resumption of such postgraduate studies, including necessary innovations. [+]

During the period 1986-1991, the ECPD organized and successfully conducted the postgraduate studies at the master’s level - “Technology of Problem Solving” - in Sarajevo, Zagreb, Athens, and Heidelberg. The evaluations of the quality of these postgraduate studies made by the students (about one hundred), as well as by the ECPD management and professional bodies imposed a need for and justified the resumption of such postgraduate studies, including necessary innovations.

More than ten years have elapsed since the organization of the above mentioned post- graduate studies. This is not a long period but in the meantime the complexity, delica- cy, significance and urgency of solving numerous problems in all facets of life, work and development increased noticeably. During that period, the entire world embarked on the so-called process of transition: from one socio-economic system to another; from the vanishing global technological system to the emerging one; from mutually destructive and competitive structures to competitive and cooperative ones; from larger systems to their fragmentation and vice versa; from conflicts to cooperation; from the current understanding of the world to a new one; from the prevailing material economy to the predominantly service one; from quantity to quality as the prevailing value; from a bureaucratically hierarchized structure to an organic, corporative one; from special- ized to multidisciplinary problems; from simple to multidimensional interdependent and tightly connected life and the world – to mention only some of the ongoing pro- cesses of transition.... [-]


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