continuing education

MAS ETH Mediation in Peace Processes (MAS ETH MPP)

OrganiserEidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ
LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland
Deadline31 July 2019

Die MAS- und MBA-Programme dienen der Vertiefung oder der interdisziplinären Erweiterung der fachlichen Fähigkeiten und können zu einem neuen Beruf führen. Sie umfassen mindestens 60 ECTS-Kreditpunkte, erfordern eine Master- oder Projektarbeit und dauern in der Regel zwischen einem Jahr (Vollzeitstudium) und zwei Jahren (berufsbegleitendes Teilzeitstudium).

The MAS ETH Mediation in Peace Processes (MAS ETH MPP) aims to prepare the next generation of mediators to work effectively in peace processes. It focuses on developing the competency of technical mediation experts. The programme is multi-disciplinary, and combines a strong academic foundation with an explicit practitioner orientation.
The balance in the curriculum is based on the logic of mediation that conflict parties decide together on the content of a peace agreement, and the mediator assists them by shaping the process. Both content (the substance of the negotiations, e.g. security, political power, justice, socio-economic issues, religion, environment) and the process (how the negotiation process is structured and facilitated) are equally important in a mediation process.
As an academically based, practitioner-oriented programme, the MAS will use a combination of the following teaching forms: lectures, exercises, self-study, group/team work, case studies, flipped classrooms, written work, oral presentations, role plays, integrated simulations, interactive exercises, and blended learning.

The goal is to provide participants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and techniques to effectively mediate violent political conflicts. Participants gain knowledge of the theory and practice of mediation in peace processes and internalise the necessary skills and techniques of mediation (e.g. communication, relationship-building, process design).

Career perspectives of an MAS graduate include working in a formal track one or track one-and-a-half mediation team; working in a conflict context where there is no formal mediator; shaping mediation policy or being engaged in mediation support through a foreign ministry, the United Nations, a regional organisation, university, think tank, or a relevant non-governmental organisation (NGO).

Six modules spread over two years. This time is divided between face-to-face modules, self-study, and two written papers. The six modules of 2-3 weeks each address the following issues: 1) conflict analysis and basic skills for mediators, 2) negotiation and mediation theory and methods, 3) mediation content in theory and practice, 4) mediation process design, 5) advanced mediation skills and tools, 6) mediation simulation.

Mediators who work in formal track one and track one-and-a-half mediation teams led by a chief mediator; in conflict contexts where there is no formal mediator; in mediation support units; or in research and policy organisations seeking to link mediation practice and research.

The MAS targets people holding a Master’s degree acknowledged by ETH or equivalent educational qualifications. Additional programme selection criteria include career perspectives; professional experience in mediation, peace processes or the political negotiation of violent conflict; and English language competency.

CHF 55 000 for the entire programme (ca. CHF 16 000 should be calculated for food and accommodation for the face-to-face modules for those who do not live in Zurich).

ETH Zürich, Prof. Dr. Andreas Wenger, Director of the Center for Security Studies (CSS), Tel.  0041 (0)44 632 40 25 and
ETH Zürich, Mr. Eemeli Isoaho, MAS ETH MPP Programme Coordinator, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 44 87 , masmediation [a] ethz[.]ch

Besides your letter of motivation and C.V., please provide any additional documents related to your work experience of mediation in peace processes and career perspectives in this field (e.g. recommendation letters, institutional career pathways), if these are available. Please also clarify if you are being sent by an organization (e.g. MFA) and indicate how you plan to be mentored (e.g. by the foreign ministry sending you, the UN, a regional organization, NGO, or another entity with mediation expertise) in your mediation work during and after the programme.


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