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Learn more from alumnus Christopher Baan about the Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) program at BTH in Karlskrona, Sweden -- an international hub of education for strategic sustainable development:
If you are interested in joining the MSLS class of 2014 at BTH, please note that this year, application will open on November 1, 2012. You can find out more about the application process on the BTH Admission page.
Please note that if you are a non-EU applicant, you will be required to pay both an application fee and tuition fees. You are eligible for free assistance with your application from Kitesh Leadership Development, a company run by former MSLS Programme Director, Tamara Connell. Contact Kitesh if you would like assistance with your application, and tips on finding scholarships.
Click here or on the image to download a copy of the MSLS brochure (pdf).
Many MSLS alumni are happy to speak with you about their experience in the MSLS programme. You can find some of their contact information on the Stratleade Network page. They are also active on various social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.), so just reach out to them. We're affectionately called 'The Swedish Mafia'. For news related to our recent alumni reunion, you can check this site.
There are also a few videos available:
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by Olivier Mazimpaka, MSLS '12
This past year was an incredible experience studying at the MSLS programme at BTH. My two colleagues and I focused our thesis on “The Contribution of Religious belief in Moving Society Towards Sustainability”, because we believe that “Religious communities have achieved remarkable behaviour change in situations where non-faith-based communication failed” (Palmer and Finlay 2003). We ended up finding that religious concepts such as stewardship and the Golden Rule are key motivations, which can give guidance on sustainability. However, these concepts are not consciously exploited.
Furthermore, our research found that both religious leaders and people lack a full understanding of sustainability and are not strategic about moving towards sustainability, and that religious communities could greatly benefit from adopting a strategic sustainable development (SSD) approach. It was a very good experience since it was the first time in our university to link religion to sustainability. We found that connecting religion and sustainability was powerful in engaging people and our colleagues. Our most interesting findings came when we started interviewing church leaders and religious experts.
Now I am back in my home country, and at my university, the National University of Rwanda. I have already talked to my rector and he encouraged me to continue on with my work in the sustainability field, and suggest a proper plan on e-waste management, and recycling. I am working on this already. I am also trying my best to get the university working with the MSLS program of BTH, in order to share knowledge and learn from their sustainability experience.
I believe our students and researchers could benefit from MSLS experience and improve the sustainability program in Rwanda on the academic side as well, especially by training many institutions and universities to use FSSD. I would also like to pursue my sustainability studies to PhD level so that I can better provide my contribution to the National University of Rwanda and to my country and region in general.
Peter Senge joined the MSLS program and others via video feed to participate in the Art of Hosting Karlskrona in March 2011.
Click here to see the full conversation hour long conversation (go to minute 3:30 to skip the technical set-up).
A champion of love, acceptance and equality.
Michael Henson was a member of the MSLS class of 2007. He was a joyful, energetic, kind and passionate sustainability advocate. He passed away suddenly on September 18, 2012, at far too young an age.
Michael’s thesis work at BTH focused on the campus sustainability movement – evaluating how higher education was and could be educating the next generation of citizens. He was an active supporterof LGBT rights.
As his obituary stated:
Michael's soul soars high because of his generous spirit of giving himself to human rights advocacy, environmental awareness… He was a champion of love, acceptance and equality. We will all be better people because of him.
In loving memory of Michael and his legacy, Stratleade is proud to announce the naming of The Michael Craig Henson Memorial Scholarship.
Each year, this grant will be awarded to a deserving student, who would not otherwise be able to study at the MSLS programme at BTH. It will support individuals with a passion for promoting equality, acceptance, and human and civil rights to reach their full potential as sustainability effective champions.