Berivan Mine Ferhanoğlu from Turkey is the Stratleade grant recipient for 2014. You can now read her story here
Great news: the MSLS and MSPI programmes at BTH will be accepting late applications for fall 2014 enrollment in the spring -- so there's still time to get your application in and/or shre these incredible opportunities with people you know who might be interested!
The Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) is a top ranked sustainability research and education institution currently recruiting talented, early- to mid-career professionals for its cutting-edge Masters programs. BTH is located in the beautiful coastal city of Karlskrona, a UNESCO world heritage site on the southeast coast of Sweden.
There are two MSc programs available drawing dynamic, talented individuals from all fields and backgrounds from around the world (the 450 alumni have come from 69 different countries), and taught in English.
The Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) program is a one-year program founded on the basic premise that a "whole-system," trans-disciplinary approach is needed to deal with the sustainability challenge. Two integrated streams are the focus: 1) a framework for strategic sustainable development; and 2) organizational learning and leadership required for sustainability decision-making. For more info and to apply, visit: www.bth.se/msls
The Master’s in Sustainable Product/Service System Innovation (MSPI) program is two-year program designed for students wishing to combine engineering competence with sustainability knowledge to help deliver new product and service systems. Specifically, students learn to analyze sustainability challenges for an organization in a scientific manner; introduce a strategic perspective on sustainability to a company’s product innovation process; use new methods and tools to work with sustainable product and service innovation in industry; and support a transition towards a more service-oriented economy. For more info and to apply, visit: www.bth.se/mspi
Both programs are delivered in a non-traditional educational setting through experiential and holistic learning methods. Tuition is 100,000 SEK (about US$15,000), and is paid by the Swedish government for EU and EEA citizens.
Study an amazing MSc with inspiring people in a beautiful part of the world
Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden, is a top ranked sustainability research and education institution currently recruiting talented, early to mid career professionals for its cutting-edge 1 year Masters program 'Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability’ http://www.bth.se/msls The course produces graduates who can deliver organizational leadership for strategic change towards sustainability and is underpinned by the science-based 'Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development' (widely known as The Natural Step Framework) spearheaded by Karl-Henrik Robert, a global sustainability leader and course tutor.
The Swedish state kindly pays for tuition fees for this program for EU & EEA citizens and it is taught in English. The course was established in 2005 and has taught over 450 graduates from over 55 countries. BTH is located in the beautiful coastal city of Karlskrona, a UNESCO world heritage site on the southeast coast of Sweden.
Applications open 1st of November 2013 and close 15th January 2014. For more information please visit http://www.bth.se/msls If you're interested in attending this amazing programme, start preparing your application today; and sharet this announcement with anyone else you know who might be interested.
"The question of reaching sustainability is not about if we will have enough energy, enough food, or other tangible resources - those we have. The question is: will there be enough leaders in time?" Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt and Dr. Göran Broman program co-founders.
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:
Get your application ready today!
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).
Celia Peterson, MSLS '06 has worked on Nokia's sustainability team for the past few years. They just released their 2011 Sustainability Report.
Read the press release here and watch the video below to learn more.
Check out this great video slideshow highlighting fun moments in student life at the Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) program at BTH:
This video illustrates the experiences and friendships gained through the 8 classes of the Masters program 'Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability' (MSLS). This international program is taught using innovative learning processes at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Karlskrona, Sweden. It gives a small taste of the amazing and unique atmosphere the program creates with the wonderful students it attracts....Are you the next sustainability leader? For more information about the program and the application process please visit www.bth.se/msls