Climate change is currently the most urgent and profoundly complex environment-related problem for the international community. Solutions are urgently needed in policy and governance to mitigate and reduce impacts. To promote international cooperation and ensure the effective implementation of Climate Change (CC) agreements, the system of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), applying a “bottom-up” approach, was confirmed by the landmark Paris Agreement, 2016. However, Malaysia India and Vietnam are amongst these countries that do not align with the Paris Agreement Provisions, their institutional capacity to monitor and enforce policies is poor and the violation of environmental standards is rampant with India counting among the biggest emitter in the world.
To ensure the effective implementation of CC agreements, the advancement in higher education needs to focus on producing academic leaders with the right blend of knowledge, skills, and attitude to drive HEIs in the right direction for sustainable development and fill in the knowledge gap in CC among the various programs’ curricula offered in HEIs. In order to address these needs CCP_Law project will develop test and adapt a postgraduate degree that will formulate and increase the number of highly skilled legal practitioners, policy-makers and government officials as well as graduates from different disciplines that will effectively address the need to formulate and reform the institutional frameworks and the National Determined Contributions in their countries.
The new postgraduate courses are expected to have a high impact as it foresees on achieving the following:
- Support the modernization, accessibility, and internationalization of higher education in PC HEIs. The quality of higher education will be substantially improved as it will be importing internationally declared targets into the CCP_LAW regional curricula, taking into account the main constraints in developing, applying and implementing environmentally friendly legislative frameworks. Creation of CC Law Centers will support the capacity to network effectively in research and the ability to create links with the institutional efforts for CC policy-making.
- Support PC HEIs to address the challenges facing their higher education systems by improving its quality and relevance for the labour market.
- Improve the level of competences and skills in the HEIs by developing a new and innovative ICT-based education program and by applying best practices pedogeological methodologies among academics and learners
- Contribute to strengthened cooperation between EU and the Partner Countries throughout organized study visits for capacity building of the teaching staff of the Asian HEIs and the voluntary convergence with the EU developments in the field of CC law and environmental policies curricula as well as exchange of best practices in the field that will equally respect national requirements.
Project’s European added value
As the initiator of the international climate negotiations, the EU has played a leading role in global emission reduction. EU law on Climate Change (CC) and carbon reduction has always been demonstrative and the step-by-step approach that has been applied to develop and improve its policies is impressive. It is the first major economy to put in place a legally binding framework to deliver on its pledges under the Paris Agreement. Therefore, the intended results of the CCP_LAW project can be achieved only through the transfer of legal expertise from the EU-HEIs to the PC-HEIs, the exchange of best practices on innovative pedogeological techniques, the capacity building training of the academic staff and the contribution of the EU HEIs in the development of the new curricula content that will incorporate a quality assurance procedure with European standards and guidelines.
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