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Masters in Conservation Leadership

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Written by: Professor Nigel Leader-Williams
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The University of Cambridge welcomed the first 12 students to its new Masters in Conservation Leadership, launched in October 2010. This programme aims to equip future conservation leaders with the strategic skills they need for effective action to halt global losses in biodiversity.

The course features a unique and innovative learning experience based around teaching by 60 staff drawn from the collaboration between the six academic departments and nine conservation organisations that form the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, of which Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was a founding member.

In the first half of the course, the timetable is arranged in six modules that emphasise, on the one hand, conservation management, and on the other, leadership and innovation. In the second half of the course, students undertake a professional placement and write a report on their experience.

The Masters students, coming from 10 countries around the world, including Kenya and Zimbabwe, Iran and India, Brazil, Colombia and Peru, will greatly benefit from teaching contributions made by FFI staff on a wide range of topics.

FFI’s CEO Mark Rose gave the first Conservation Leadership Lecture, outlining his career progression and how he has come to give FFI such distinctive and entrepreneurial leadership. In a fascinated audience was Joy Juma, FFI’s Programme Assistant East Africa in Kenya, among the first cohort of Masters students.

For further information on the Masters in Conservation Leadership, please visit the course website.

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Professor Nigel Leader-Williams

Professor Nigel Leader-Williams, a Fauna & Flora International Member of Council, works to build capacity in conservation through interdisciplinary research and teaching that sits within both natural and social sciences, with a focus on large mammals that conflict with human interests.

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“The course will offer the best of academic, practical and organisational management skills to create professionals who can provide visionary leadership to tackle one of the great challenges of the 21st century.”

Professor Nigel Leader-Williams

Director of Conservation Leadership and Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge

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The University of Cambridge welcomed the first 12 students to its new Masters in Conservation Leadership, launched in October 2010. This programme aims to equip future conservation leaders with the strategic skills they need for effective action to halt global losses in biodiversity.

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