One-Year Professional Master in Environment and Sustainable Development

Accepting students for Professional Master in Environment and Sustainable Development

August 2020 Intake.

Why Professional Master of Science in Environmental and Sustainable Development Program?

Rapid urbanization, population boom, economic growth and industrialization are increasing environmental management challenges and threatening long term sustainable development in developing countries. Although many efforts on sustainable environmental management while fostering economic growth have been globally and regionally made, environmental policy makers, managers and practitioners still struggle to find out sustainable approaches for environmental development management. This professional master program aims to train the professionals with a primary interest in the linkages between development economics and environmental management from the multidisciplinary approaches. It provides professional training in the natural and social science dimension of development and environmental management within the context of developing countries to the attainment of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

We equip managers, practitioners and policy makers engaged in the broad field of socio-economic developmental actions with sound understanding of environmental issues in the context of sustainable development from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Students are expected to gain essential knowledge, instruments, skills and techniques for making developmental practices more sustainable without compromising the environmental integrity and human health.

Program Requirements

This is a one-year professional master program, equivalent to about 42 weeks of study and research. To complete the program, all students are required to achieve 30 credits, in which 24 credits are from course works and 6 credits are research project. All classes are offered in English between Friday and Sunday. Most classes will be held in Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam. Classes for 2 credits will be held in AIT during international field trips to Thailand.

Upon completion of 30 credits and passing all examination requirements, students will obtain Master of Science Professional in Environment and Sustainable Development from the Asian Institute of Technology.

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must hold a 3-year undergraduate in any relevant fields and have a minimum of 3 year working experience. If potential students do not have 3 year working experience, significant relevant working experience during their bachelor and cGPA 3.5 and above will be taken into account.
  • English requirement upon admission is at least IELTS 5.0, TOEFL Paper 500, TOEFL CBT 173, TOEFL IBT 60. The graduation requirement is English IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), a CGPA of 2.75 in coursework and a pass in the research project. Those who do not obtain a CGPA of 2.75 are given a certificate.

Tuition Fees and other Costs

Total tuition fee per Master: USD 14,450

The indicative total tuition fee is calculated based on a full-time study load which is 30 credits (two semesters) with 3 credits of AIT scholarship.

Registration fee: USD670 per semester

Students are expected to make international study trip to Thailand. Costs for this trip is to be born by the student.

AIT Scholarship

Qualified students can apply for AIT Scholarship, which is a financial aid from minimum 3 credits (equivalent to USD 1,600) to 9 credits (equivalent to USD4,800) subject to the total number of enrolled students.

Prospects to pursue regular master or doctoral program at AIT

Students wishing to pursue two-year regular master or Ph.D. program at AIT after completing, please go here for more information on admission requirements.

Courses and Instructors

Dr. Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen and Chair

ED85.9001 Environment and Development 2 (2-0)

Instructor: Dr. THI PHUOC LAI NGUYEN

Through introducing major environmental issues, such as climate change, water scarcity and pollution, food security and biodiversity, health within the context of sustainable development, this course aims to explore the interface between development and environmental issues in a global and regional context. It focuses on: (i) the different theoretical perspectives of development and environment, and (ii) the dimensions of sustainability. The course will also introduce to students systems approaches to managing change and environmental sustainable development.

Read more, click here!

ED85.9005 Development Project Planning and Management 2(2-0)

Instructor: Dr. THI PHUOC LAI NGUYEN

Development project planning and management stand for a set of necessary skills for both researchers and practitioners who work in the field of development. This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and essential skills to effective project development and management in development affairs. It aims to help students develop knowledge and skills in planning, designing, implementing, managing and evaluating projects.

Read more here!

Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka

ED85.9002 Introduction to Development Economics 1 (1-0)

Instructor: DR. TAKUJI W. TSUSAKA

The course will provide introductory knowledge on poverty issues and economic development in low- and middle-income economies. The students will be equipped with some key concepts in development economics for understanding and analyzing why some countries are poorer than others.

Read more, click here!

ED85.9003 Introduction to Environmental Economics 2 (2-0)

Instructor: DR. TAKUJI W. TSUSAKA

The main objective of the course is to introduce the concepts and tools used by economists to analyze environmental problems. The course is designed to serve students coming from different academic and professional background and with limited prior exposure to economic theories.

Read more here!

Adjunct Faculty (TVU faculty)

ED85.9004 Development Finance 2 (2-0)

Instructor: Adjunct Faculty (TVU faculty)

This subject provides the knowledge on the sole repository for statistics on the external debt of developing countries on a loan-by-loan basis, and the total external debt of all low-and middle-income countries in both electronic and print formats and on financial flows, trends in external debt, major economic aggregates, key debt ratios, average terms of new commitments, currency composition of long-term debt, debt restructuring, scheduled debt service projections, and other major financial indicators for developing countries such as Vietnam.

Read more, click here!

Dr. Mokbul Morshed Ahmad

ED85.9006 Rural and Regional Development 2 (2-0)

Instructor: DR. MOKBUL MORSHED AHMAD

The main objective of the course is to focus on the key development challenges of the developing countries. It deals with the concepts and theories of development, poverty analysis, problems of education, health, aid, role of NGOs and civil society, and regional disparity in the developing world.

Read more, click here!

Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon

ED85.9007 Urban Resilience Assessment, 2(2-0)

Instructor: DR. VILAS NITIVATTANANON

Rapid urbanization and external risks including climate change creating new risks and challenges in the area of sustainable urban development and management. Urban resilience is a versatile concept, which helps frames the difficult process of tackling the environmental, social, and economic challenges of modern cities in a positive way. However, similar to other broad concepts such as sustainability, resilience is inherently vague. This course is designed to prepare people for careers and leadership roles in resilience assessment in an urban context. It is designed to provide students with the multidisciplinary knowledge and skills required to understand successful approaches, tools and practices for the assessment of urban resilience. The course also covers specific topics to support the integration of resilience into sustainable urban development and management, particularly multiple-scale and multi-sectoral resilience assessment methods and capacity building.

Read more, click here!

Adjunct Faculty (TVU faculty)

ED85.9008 Public Management 2 (2-0)

Instructor: Adjunct Faculty (TVU faculty)

This subject focuses the key concepts and principles in the management and governance of public organizations as well as an important foundation for many key concepts and ideas that are developed further. It provides participants with grounding in the development of public management and in the principles of good governance, social inclusion and community cohesion, the role of the state in provision and commissioning of public services; the nature of public accountability, forms of democracy; ethics; corruption and institutional aspects of governance.

Read more, click here!

Adjunct Faculty (TVU faculty)

ED85.9009 Policy and Economic Analsyis 2 (2-0)

Instructor: Adjunct Faculty (TVU faculty)

The focus of this subject is to bring together a core set of competencies to evaluate a broad array of policies; these tools include economic analysis, program evaluation, risk assessment, and statistical and quantitative techniques. It discusses how government institutions and policies impact the regulation of markets, and how to measure the success or failure of government programs. It focuses primarily, although not exclusively, on the application of quantitative techniques to policy issues that arise in various subject matter areas. The concentration in this subject enables students to develop their research skills in policy analysis.

Read more, click here!

Prof. Rajendra P Shrestha

ED85.9010 Geospatial Techniques for Development and Environment 2 (1.5-1)

Instructor: PROF. RAJENDRA P SHRESTHA

Understanding of environmental issues in the context of sustainable development and managing them requires an informed decision making platform with integrated perspective. Several geospatial tools and techniques and spatial modeling are useful for the managers and practitioners to assess, analyze the environmental problems and recommend solutions to the problems. The objective of the course is to provide the students the concepts of geographic data/information, concepts and principle of remotes sensing, GIS, and GPS so that the students have adequate knowledge and skill in applying these tools and techniques in environmental planning and management required for sustainable development.

Read more, click here!

Dr. Ekbordin Winijkul

ED85.9011 Air Quality Management 1 (1-0)

Instructor: DR. EKBORDIN WINIJKUL

This course aims to equip students with scientific basis and engineering knowledge to understand the complexity of the air pollution problems, multiple effects of air pollution, and principal tools for effective integrated air quality management.

Read more, click here!

Dr. Wenchao Xue

ED85.9012 Water Pollution Management 1 (1-0)

Instructor: DR. WENCHAO XUE

Water pollution is an issue of global concern, as many countries are experiencing deteriorating water quality combined with growing demand. Pollution leads to economic water scarcity, as available water requires purification and infrastructure investment, which burden developing countries. This course highlights the key knowledge on causes for deterioration of water quality, pollution prevention and control measures, integrated water resources management principles that can help mitigate pollution’s impact on human health and the environment, and policy instruments that enable coordinated action.

Read more, click here!

ED85.9013 Hazardous Waste Technology and Management 1 (1-0)

Instructor: DR. WENCHAO XUE

Discharge of toxic and hazardous chemicals has increased manifolds due to their excessive use which has become a serious threat to human health and the environment. This course highlights the knowledge on properties of hazardous chemicals, their spread in the environment and risk associated with it. Furthermore, students also learn about hazardous waste minimization and various technologies employed for hazardous waste treatment and disposal, including remediation of hazardous waste contaminated sites.

Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe

ED85.9014 Gender and SMEs in the Global Economy 1 (1-0)

Instructor: PROF. KYOKO KUSAKABE

Women dominate micro and small-scale enterprises in Asia. The course aims to enhance understanding on the gender differences in barriers and opportunities to manage micro- and small-scale enterprises in the rapidly changing economy. Women’s economic empowerment is an important part in promoting sustainable development in both urban and rural contexts. The course will cover theoretical debate as well as practices and instruments that facilitates economic empowerment of women.

Read more, click here!


Dr. Joyee S. Chatterjee

ED85.9015 Gender Analysis & Health Policy Research 1 (1-0)

Instructor: DR. JOYEE S. CHATTERJEE

This course takes a cross-cultural, inter-disciplinary and multi-methodological approach to understand contemporary Gender and Health issues. In particular, the course will explore the social - gendered, socio-economic-cultural, racial/ethnic, and geographical – determinants of health. The first half of the course will focus on theoretical frameworks for analyzing gender as a social determinant of health including role of gender norms (femininity and masculinity) and the how structural issues of social roles, class, race, gender, sexual orientation etc. determine health and well-being of individuals. The second section of the course will focus on health policy and systems research including gender transformative approach for SDG Health goal priorities.

Read more, click here!

Dr. Nophea Sasaki

ED85.9016 Green Financing for Sustainability 2 (2-0)

Instructor: PROF. NOPHEA SASAKI

Adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, and Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 to combat climate change, biodiversity degradation and poverty around the world has created a lot of low-carbon development opportunities and related financial sources for both developed and developing countries. However, these opportunities are not explored by developing countries to the maximum due to the lack of knowledge and capacity to tap into these fast-evolving trends. This course is designed to train and equip students with sound knowledge and skills in identification of the low-carbon development opportunities, development of low-carbon development projects, and how green financing works. Students will be equipped with real-world examples and skills in green financing hackathons.

Read more, click here!

Student Research Project (6 credits) and Evaluation

Contact

Dr. Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen

Assistant Professor and Program Chair

Department of Development and Sustainability

School of Environment, Resources and Development

Asian Institute of Technology

58 Moo 9, Km.42, Paholyothin Highway

P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand.

Email: phuoclai@ait.ac.th

Contact

Ms. Agnes Pardilla Tayson

Program Admin

Department of Development and Sustainability

School of Environment, Resources and Development

Asian Institute of Technology

58 Moo 9, Km.42, Paholyothin Highway

P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120, Thailand.

Email: agnes@ait.ac.th

Dr. De Phung

Program coordinator in Vietnam

Center for International Education Development (CIED) - RDI

Tra Vinh University, Vietnam

Phone: +84 2943 855959

Email: dephung@rdi.edu.vn or dephung@tvu.edu.vn