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2017 Call For Applications in IESD, Tongji University

1. Background and Introduction

UN Environment-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, hereinafter referred to as “IESD”, jointly established by United Nations Environment Programme and Tongji University in 2002, has served as a strategic think-tank for UN Environment, an inter-disciplinary platform for Tongji University and contributed significantly for environment and sustainable development from three main pillars – education, research and outreach. IESD has the mandate to mainstream environment and sustainable development into higher education, to promote research, education and South-South Cooperation on the environment and sustainability, to enhance the service of science and technology to policy-making and implementation, and to provide tailored solutions to the Southern countries. With support from UN Environment, Ministry of Education of China and Tongji University, IESD launched the International Master’s Programmes and Doctoral Programme since 2006. Up to now, IESD has enrolled 355 students from 72 countries.

2. Objectives

This program aims to equip candidates of integrated environment management vision and leadership at the local, national and regional levels on sustainable development. Students are expected to master various concepts and gain knowledge on economic progress, social systems, environmental protection and resource conservation issues. The three pillars of human, environment and the economy form the basis of the program.

3. About the Programmes

A. We’re offering the following programmes:

(1) 2017-2019 Master Programme on Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

(Major in Environmental Science)

(2) 2017-2019 Master Programme on Environmental Engineering

(Major in Environmental Engineering)

(3) 2017-2020 Doctoral Programme on Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

(Major in Environmental Science)

B. Language: Courses are taught in English (with Chinese language courses would be offered as well).

C. The program consists of lectures, class discussions, field trips and intensive lectures from senior experts from other universities, UN Environment and other international organizations.

D. Duration and Certificates:

Master Programme

Doctoral Programme


2 Years:

- 1 year for courses

- 1 year for research

3 Years:

- 1 year for courses

- 2 years for research

Graduation Certificate

ü Complete all the courses as required;

ü Finish the final dissertation;

ü Success in the final Defense;

ü Complete all the courses as required;

ü Finish the final dissertation;

ü Success in the final Defense;

Degree Certificate

At least one paper published in any issued formal documents (academic journal or academic conference)

2 papers published and retrieved in SCI(SSCI), or 1 in SCI(SSCI) an 1 in EI(CSSCI), or 1in SCI(SSCI) with impact factor more than 3.5;

4. Study Plan and Courses

Public Courses+Degree Courses+Non Degree Courses+Dissertation+other academic steps

Please see the annex for the details.

5. Qualification and Application

A. Qualification

- Above 18 years old, non-Chinese citizen in good health.

- Applicants for Master programs should have a Bachelor degree.

Note: Since 2010,those who immigrated to other countries from the Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan and applying to study in Tongji University as international students, should satisfy the following additional requirements: the applicants must hold valid passport or other relevant international recognized documents for at least 4 years; meanwhile, in the latest 4 years (by each April 30th of the year of University registration), the applicants must live overseas for 2 years (Living overseas for 9 months can be converted to 1 year, which is subject to the exit-entry stamp on visa.).

B. Application period

December 2016 – 30th May 2017 (The programme would start from September 2017)


1. Application Form for International Students of Tongji University with the applicant’s signature.

2. A photocopy of passport (pages with photo).

3. A photocopy of the degree certificate. If the certificate is not in Chinese or English, the original notarized translated versions must be submitted.

* The certificate should be notarized by local Chinese Embassy or local Chinese Consulates (or foreign embassies or consulates in China).

*Certificate of expected graduation issued by education in current academic institution (for applicants who will be graduating in the same year only).

*Degree certificate is required to be verified and notarized documents must be submitted at the registration.

4. Original or notarized academic transcripts(not a copy). If the academic transcripts are not in Chinese or English, the original notarized translated document must be submitted.* The transcript should be notarized by local Chinese Embassy or local Chinese Consulates (or foreign embassies or consulates in China).

5. Recommendation letters from two professors or associate professors, in Chinese or English (signature and contact information are necessary, sealed in envelop).

6. Personal statement. Study and work experience, academic research achievement, planned research proposal should be included and individual development objective after graduation.

7. Catalogue and abstract of published papers, and other documents that can prove academic ability.

8. Letter of Approval from the professor of Tongji University if the applicant contact and assign a professor. Here’s the link about the faculty in College of Environmental Science and Engineering to find potential mentor, which would also increase the possibility of getting the scholarship. Link:

* In addition to the above application materials, the university may require applicant to provide supplementary materials, depending on the circumstances. Application materials sent by email are unacceptable. The application fee is nonrefundable. Application documents will not be returned.

D. Application Procedure

1. Complete the Online Application procedure at the website and print the application form.

2. Pay the application fee by bank transfer and submit the photocopy of transfer voucher with other documents or pay it directly when submitting the documents at international student office.

3. The applicants can submit the documents in person (or entrust others to submit) or send the documents by post. Application documents should be received by the deadline, or it will be considered as a waiver of application.

*The enrollment and admission mode of Tongji University is based on the assessment of the application materials and interview performance (depending on the circumstances), and no entrance examinations.

E. Expenses

Application fee: 410RMB*Application fee should be paid when applying and the fee is non-refundable.

Tuition: 39 000 RMB/Year*Tuition fee and Insurance fee (600RMB/Year) should be paid when making registration.

Bank Account Information:Beneficiary Bank:Bank of China,Shanghai BranchNo. 23 Zhongshan Road (E.1) Shanghai, 200002, P.R.ChinaSwift number: BKCHCNBJ300Beneficiary: TongJi UniversityBeneficiary Bank Account:433859245525

F. Scholarships

There’re limited scholarships for excellent candidates whom has academic background or working experience in environment, science, engineering and other sustainability-related areas.

1. 2017 Chinese Government Scholarship

Application Period: 1st December 2016- 15th March 2017

2. 2017 Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship

Application Period: 1st December 2016- 15th April 2017

6. Admission and Registration

1. Please follow your application process in the Apply Online System. Once you were admitted by Tongji, the admission status will change. The admission notice and visa documents (JW202 Form) will be sent off after two weeks of admission.

2. The admitted applicants should bring their Passport, Admission Notice, Visa Application Form (JW202) to the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China, and apply for a student visa. Students shall come to Tongji University for admission registration before the deadline indicated on the Admission Notice.

3. The first year for master-degree candidates and doctoral candidates is a trial year. master-degree candidates and doctoral candidates are qualified to prepare a dissertation only after passing all the degree exams in the first academic year. Those who fail the degree exams will be considered as advanced-study students.

7. Contact

Contact Person: Mme SHEN Jiaqi

Email: /

Telephone: 0086-21-65983498

Fax: 0086-21-65987790

Address: Room 903, Zonghe Building, No. 1239, Siping Road, Tongji University, Shanghai

Postal code: 200092

Website: http://UN


- Introduction of UN Environment -Tongji IESD

- Study Plan and Curriculum

- Chinese Government Scholarship

- Shanghai Municipal Government Scholarship



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