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United Nations University will offer international courses starting in February for university graduates and postgraduates, university officials in Tokyo said Monday.

“The courses are aimed at diversity in the world, such as in culture, religion and philosophy, on a scientific basis,” Ramesh Thakur, a university vice rector, told a news conference.

The six-week courses focus on four areas: the U.N. system, the environment and sustainable development, international trade and dispute settlements, and human rights. Students are required to be proficient in English.

If the four pilot courses prove successful, the university plans to increase the number of courses and offer them twice a year, said Hans J.A. van Ginkel, university rector. Students who complete a course will receive a UNU diploma, he added.

A limited number of students, particularly those from developing countries, will be given scholarships. For more information, call the university’s public affairs department at (03) 5467-1243.

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