The free, online course is a collaborative effort between the RUG’s Frisian faculty and the UN’s ‘Global Centre on Adaptation’
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the Omrop Fryslân, the opening of the free, online course coincides with a large climate-change meeting between world leaders on Monday. Andrej Zwitter, the Dean of Campus Fryslân, has partially devised the course, whilst former UN General Secretary Ban-Ki Moon is said to be ‘happy’ with the course. Moon has appeared at various events related to Campus Fryslân in the last few years.
Zwitter, who is also a Professor in Governance and Innovation, said: “climate adaptation is intended to mean how we as a society can face the problems posed by climate change; how we can make the best of it, and what changes need to take place.”
The course will take place online, for free, and more than a thousand people have already signed up. Zwitter: “the course is made up of four portions, with each held online every four weeks. It’s interactive, you can learn, for example, what concrete problems you may face due to climate change. This can include dought, flooding, and more; and people can learn about how to find solutions to them through sustainable methods such as water management.”
Campus Fryslân wants to highlight that global problems can have solutions founded in Friesland: “we’ve got local solutions here in the Province. Our water management is very strong, and so we want to be able to show other regions our knowledge”, says Zwitter.
After the course finishes, a summer school will be held in Leeuwarden (at a charge).
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