The EMJM programme “Climate Change and Diversity: Sustainable Territorial Development” (CCD-STeDe) is a unique, inclusive, high-quality, innovative, multi-languages Master programme, mutually managed by a consortium of 2 EU and 3 non-EU universities and 3 EU and 1 non-EU professional partners.

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, Portuguese or French.

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 partners.

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


CCD-STeDe master’s programme is organised in four academic paths.

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 10 students)


  • PATH 4: Environmental Management (University of Padova and University of Johannesburg; teaching languages: English and French – maximum 10 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) – blended


  • Second path: Universidade da Madeira (Portugal) – in presence


  • Third path: Université Joseph Ki Zerbo (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) – 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)