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Do you want to work with complex sustainability challenges (e.g., climate change, food security, biodiversity loss) from local to global levels. Then the LUMES programme is what you are looking for. Building on the knowledge and experience students already possess, emphasis is placed on understanding present societal development patterns and the environmental problems they create, as well as approaches for formulating strategies for future sustainable pathways. LUMES does not concentrate on training practitioners; the foundation of the programme is rather an interdisciplinary and holistic perspective for comprehending the interactions between social, economic, and environmental systems across a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
Unique programme qualities
The LUMES programme is set in a unique interdisciplinary and international educational milieu, creating a setting that challenges students to broaden personal outlooks and sharpen critical thinking skills. Courses are taught in English by individuals from both the human and natural sciences with the aims of creating graduates that are able to grasp, analyse and formulate governance strategies for complex sustainability challenges. In addition, interpersonal and academic skills are developed through strong emphases on group work, presentations and academic writing.
Since LUMES started in 1997 over 550 applicants from roughly 100 countries have become LUMES students with a graduation rate exceeding 90 per cent.
Industries, governments, academics, and communities are recognising the significance of addressing complex social, environmental, and economic problems holistically. As such, the interdisciplinary training, gained through the programme, opens employment opportunities for a wide array of career paths in various private sector, governmental and non-governmental, and academic settings.
Note: It isn't sufficient to only apply via universityadmissions.se. You must also complement your application with the additional application documents found on the Lumes homepage.
More information can be found at http://www.lumes.lu.se/
Maryam Nastar, alumna
“LUMES is an excellent milieu to understand social and environmental problems from different perspectives and to share a variety of strategies on how to address these challenges."
Laura Calderon from Colombia
“For me this was a dream come true. Sweden is an environmentally conscious country and my programme along with living in this society will teach me great things so that I can help my country in this field in the future”.
Jian Jehpsson from China
"I’m working on a project I started with one of my classmates. Our course teacher helped us set up a connection to start a school partnership between a Swedish school and a Chinese school and now we’re implementing our education in practical work."