Welcome to all new SUM students!

What are the main challenges in creating sustainable development? How can interdisciplinarity be a means to greater understanding of the complexities related to these challenges? SUMs newest master students will have their hands full with these quandaries during the next two years.

The aim of the master's degree Development, Environment and Cultural Change (DEC) is to provide students with knowledge and critical insights into the socio-cultural, political and scientific challenges of achieving sustainable development at both the local and global level.

The students enrolled in this year's master's programme come from ten different countries from all over the world, including Ghana, Guatemala, China, United States, Albania and of course Norway.

Anne Line Sandåker Program Coordinator

The first day they got an introduction to the center and met some of the researchers at SUM. The new students were welcomed by programme coordinator Anne Line Sandåker and the director for SUM’s Masters programme Karen Victoria Lykke Syse.

Why choose SUM

Adam Curtis and Sarah Shrestha-Howlett  just started the program. They both appreciated the interdisciplinary focus when choosing their master program.

Adam Curtis holds a degree in sustainability and has experience from NGOs in the U.S.

– I chose SUMs masters degree because of the interdisciplinary approach the programme focuses on. I have learned from my work experience that it is important to pull from different subject areas in order to solve social problems, says Curtis.

Adam Curtis is from the United States and Sarah Shrestha-Howlett is from the UK.

Sarah has just arrived in Oslo, after living five years in Nepal. She wants to do her masters thesis on Nepalese migrant workers. She chose this master programme because she wanted grounding in development studies.

– I also appreciate that you are allowed to work a whole year with your thesis. This is very different from the UK. Here you have more independent work and focus on research.

We wish all our students welcome to Oslo, and hope you will enjoy your studies!

By Hilde H Holsten
Published Aug. 23, 2016 11:15 AM - Last modified Sep. 15, 2016 1:38 PM