|Academic Partnership Courses|
One of our international partner academic institutions may be offering a Gaia Education accredited course near you. In addition to being closer to where you live, some of our courses with partner institutions also allow you to work while you are learning.
Open University of Catalonia- Virtual Gaia Education Design for Sustainability
The Open University of Catalonia (UOC), in partnership with Gaia Education, has been offering the year-long on-line Gaia Education Design for Sustainability - GEDS - programmme since 2008 in both English and Spanish. This virtual course is based on the 4 dimensions of Gaia Education's Ecovillage Design Curriculum, with emphasis on the development of sustainable communities and organisations. In October 2011 the Spanish version of the GEDS programme became an official postgraduate course within the UOC International Graduate Institute - a first step towards it becoming a complete Masters programme.
Findhorn Foundation College in Scotland
Findhorn Foundation College runs a 3-month Findhorn Community Semester programme, offered in collaboration with Living Routes. Accredited by the University of Massachusetts and titled The Human Challenge of Sustainability, the semester programme is certified by Gaia Education. Heriot-Watt University's MSc in Sustainable Community Design includes two compulsory modules in 'Ecovillage Practice' and 'Community Design Practice' taught by Findhorn College and Gaia Education Faculty at the Findhorn Ecovillage. Findhorn Foundation College regularly hosts Field Study Visits from students across the globe. These visits tend to include an introduction to the work of Gaia Education and the four dimensions of the Ecovillage Design Curriculum.
Middle East Technical University
Living Routes was founded in 1999 and partners with the University of Massachusetts – Amherst to run semester, summer, and January programs based in ecovillages around the world.
Center for Creative Ecology, Kibbutz Lotan in partnership with Living Routes and UMass Amherst
Undergraduate college students are eligible to receive 16 college credits upon completion of the Peace, Justice and Environment Academic Semester program. The program incorporates the Gaia Education Ecovillage Design Education(EDE)curriculum and the Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) with practical training in an academic environment. This program emphasizes critical thinking, open-mindedness, consensus decision-making, community living and non-violent communication in order to explore sensitive international, community and personal dynamics. Students explore the connections between new forms of ecological identity and stewardship, social justice and community in Israel. Students work alongside Palestinian-Arab, Bedouin and Jewish Israelis who are striving for a just and lasting peace.