From the academic year 2023/24 until the academic year 2026/27 the International Master on Climate Change and Diversity: Sustainable Territorial Development has been awarded as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree by the European Commission. This unique, inclusive, high-quality, innovative, multi-languages, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master is managed by a consortium of 2 EU and 3 non-EU universities and 3 EU and 1 non-EU professional partner.

Scholarships are granted by the European Commission to the best-ranked applicants.

In line with the E+ Work Programme and the EU’s priorities for building carbon-neutral societies, under the environmental and climate justice perspective, CCD-STeDe has the following objectives:

  • to reinforce and disseminate knowledge and competencies and enhance career prospects for young people in the field of sustainable territorial development and climate change, in Europe and beyond;
  • to create a network of academic and professional institutions cooperating to increase international dimension and attractiveness, improving the quality and the excellence of their academic offer and research;
  • to promote dialogue between academic, state and civil society organisations, facilitating processes of active citizenship, social cohesion and constructive collaboration in the direction of an equal and sustainable change;
  • to respond to societal and labour market needs of talented professionals for just transition

4 novelties, 4 academic paths, 4 languages, 5 countries

From the XII edition (2022/2024) onwards, the International Joint Master Program, combining roots and attitudes to change, adopts four novelties:
1. The new name “Climate Change and Diversity: Sustainable Territorial Development” (CCD-STeDe)
2. The possibility to choose among four academic paths
3. The work in four languages: English for all and, depending on the academic path, Spanish or Portuguese or French as a second language
4. The combination of different learning modalities: in presence, online, blended

The four academic paths offer a variety of teachings and specialisations, in order to guarantee a complete, broad academic and unique curriculum. Depending on the interests and chosen language, the four academic paths are so organised:

  • PATH 1: Climate change, sustainability, development / Cambio Climático, Sustentabilidad y Desarrollo (University of Padova and Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar; teaching languages: English and Spanish); (maximum 15 students)
  • PATH 2: Regional and local studies / Estudos Regionais e Locais (University of Padova and Universidade da Madeira; teaching languages: English and Portuguese); (maximum 10 students)
  • PATH 3: Territorial management / Aménagement du Territoire (University of Padova and Université Joseph Ki Zerbo; teaching languages: English and French (maximum 15 students)
  • PATH 4: Environmental Management (University of Padova and University of Johannesburg; teaching languages: English and French); (maximum 15 students)

In all four academic paths, the first semester is carried out in presence at the University of Padova, while the second one depends on the choice of the academic path:

  • First path: Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Quito, Ecuador) – online and in presence
  • Second path: Universidade da Madeira (Portugal) – in presence
  • Third path: Université Joseph Ki Zerbo (Ougadougou, Burkina Faso) – online and in presence
  • Fourth path: University of Johannesburg (South Africa) – in presence

IMPORTANT: All students enrolled in the EMJM from the a.y. 2023/24 are required to spend 2 mandatory semesters of physical mobility in two countries different from their country of residence at the enrolment stage. At least one has to be in a EU Member states or third country (North Macedonia, Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Liechtenstein, and Turkey)


CCD-STeDe aims to create experts in the area of sustainable territorial development in the context of
climate change. More concretely it trains professionals to be able to help organizations acting
in the territory (enterprises, local communities, civil society organizations, public administrations) to draft sustainable development policies combining economic, social, environmental, international and intercultural dimensions.

The Master concerns alternatives to development, climate justice, social inclusion, environmental protection, international cooperation, circular and solidarity economy, and intercultural relation challenges of territorial development focusing not only on local communities, but also on enterprises, non-state actors, civil society organizations, regional and international organizations. It also aims to offer examples of territories in climate adaptation involving all local organizations promoting just transitions and sustainable development paths. The programme can be attended only on a full-time basis. Attending lectures is compulsory.

Teaching languages are English as first language and a second language among Spanish, Portugues or French.

The Master refers to the ability of:

– giving recommendations in the area of sustainable territorial development for climate change adaptation;

– taking part in the idea, analysis and management of territorial transition either in the framework of sustainable development either in the pluriverse of post-development and alternatives to development;

– assessing the different validation tools for sustainable development actions and policies within the public and private territorial organizations.

Job opportunities:

Job opportunities for alumni could be found in all sectors where actions for territorial transitions should be implemented, in particular in territorial organizations responsible for the creation of sustainable territories (territorial communities, enterprises, non-state actors and civil society organizations, local governments), the central government and international organizations.

Potential positions are environmental adviser; sustainable development manager in local communities, public administrations, enterprises, civil society organizations & local governments; representative within local public institutions, national and international institutions, enterprises, trade unions & professional bodies.


Admission criteria:

Candidates with education in human and social sciences (economics, geography, sociology, development, management, law, etc.) or hard sciences (agriculture, environmental sciences, engineering, architecture, forestry, etc.) will be accepted to the Master. Candidates are requested to have a first cycle degree of 180 ECTS (Licenciatura, Bachelor degree, Laurea, Licence) or an equivalent degree (diplôme d’école d’ingénieurs, école de commerce etc.).

Good command of English and of a second language (depending on the academic path), among Spanish, Portuguese or French, spoken and written, is required.