A new Diploma in Conservation and Project Administration has just been announced by the University of East Anglia (Norwich University). This has been developed as a direct result of the World Land Trust's intern programme.
A unique feature of the WLT's Intern Programme is that it involves a significant amount of formal training. Unlike many other intern programmes, the WLT's is not a way of getting cheap labour, but has a carefully thought out structure, with courses and targets built into it. The WLT had also been working with UEA by providing placements for some of the MSc students, and the logical development was to create the new Diploma.
It is the first time an NGO, such as the World Land Trust, has been accredited in this way to provide a significant part of the training for such a diploma. The first students will be recruited by autumn 2004, and there is expected to be considerable competition for places. In addition to lectures and coursework at the University, the students will work on projects that will enable them to gain a wide range of experience in the practicalmanagement of conservation NGO.
The World Land Trust is based in Halesworth, Suffolk, some 25 miles south of Norwich. The Trust works with partners in Ecuador, Belize, the Philippines, India and other parts of the world. Its projects are mostly concerned with the acquisition of land of biological importance, and so far the Trust has helped save over 300,000 acres.
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