University for Peace opens new center in Netherlands

The University for Peace headquartered near Ciudad Colón has started a new center in The Netherlands. The Hague location will help the United Nations agency conduct further outreach to the Netherlands and the European Union.

The Hague center is housed at the Academy Building of the Peace Palace, next to The Hague Academy of International Law. The center will focus on education and research in peace studies, cooperating with academic and policy-oriented institutions in The Hague region, said the university. The location in The Hague will initially advance three interdisciplinary areas: Peace & conflict studies; water & peace; and urban peace & security.

In addition, the university center in The Hague will substantially strengthen peace education by organizing professional training, lectures, seminars, and workshops, said the university. Educational and research programs will be characterized by the interaction between theory and practice, with particular attention to policy implementation, it explained

The center will be launched officially Sept. 20 during a conference at the Peace Palace, entitled “Peace for Humanity in the 21st Century.”

During its 30 years of existence, this U.N.-mandated university has developed a variety of masters programs and capacity building programs in the fields of peace building and conflict studies, as well as courses and training for students and professionals from all over the world. There are established centers in Addis Ababa, Belgrade, Bogotá, Manila, Montevideo and Seoul, said the university.

Currently the university runs 11 master’s programs and has 300 graduate students from 100 countries of which 175 are in Costa Rica and 125 are in the centers, the university reported. About 50 percent of the students come from developing countries.

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