The non-degree Certification of Professional Achievement in United Nations Studies; offered by Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and School of Professional Studies, conveys the basic analytical issues, theoretical approaches, history. and policy debates in international relations and the UN.
Many program faculty teach in degree programs at SIPA in addition to holding high-level posts in agencies including the UNDP and the UN Security Council.
The certification is ideal for those who are looking to increase their understanding of the history, inner workings, and challenges associated with the UN’s role in the world today, whether they are recent college graduates who seek graduate preparation in the field or experienced professionals looking for career enhancement or personal enrichment. Advanced undergraduates with strong academic records and a foundation in political science and international studies are also eligible to apply. See eligibility requirements below. 20:31 Applying the Certification of professional achievement in UN studies. The statement of academic purpose should address your purpose and interest in pursuing the program How the program fits into your overall academic and/or professional goals, focusing in particular on the connection between the program and your academic and/or professional experience. Some applicants use their statements as an opportunity to amplify information contained on the application or academic transcripts. The statement provides an excellent forum for explaining any weaknesses that may appear on the transcript or to highlight any strengths that may not be evident elsewhere.
namely the tendency for him [the individual] to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming Self- determination, the process by which a person controls their own life. Invitational learning, William Purky said “no aspect of education is more important than the feeling on the part of the teacher that the individual student is important, valuable, and can learn in school” However humanism goes much further than modernism in its view towards the bible .the view of the humanist is much more radical. Humanism believes in few things that as Christians we may consider them as blasphemy. Some of which are; “We believe however those tradition dogmatic or authoritarian religions that place revelation, God or creed above human need do a disservice to the human species……As non-theists; we begin with humans, not God, nature not deity”. As Paul Blanshard, an editor of the Humanist (a slick national publication) wrote: “The evangelists reverently call the Bible “The Book”, and they say it is God’s word. Let’s be blunt about it. By no stretch of the imagination can the bible be called either the revealed word of God or the errorless work of God. It is not one book, and it is not holy. It is very bad history and even of questionable morals…” Looking at this we see that humanism is not indifferent toward the Bible-but is at all out ward against it. The quotations are fully typical and representative of humanistic thinking toward any revelation from God. The only way Christians can combat their vicious and desperate influences of humanism and its war on the bibles, is by being so knowledgeable and conversant in the scriptures that can effectively wield the mighty sword of the Spirit. The essence of positive pride is confidence and contentment, a sense of gratitude and accomplishment in the productive use of your gift (Faw, 134-136). There is a need to have a Biblical perspective of the person and human experiences in order to correctly understand the insights contained in certain theories. The truths about human nature in scripture focus largely on our relationship with God and our need for salvation He alone can provide (Faw, 137). A Christian who meditates upon the word of the lord and keeps in his heart will have no difficulty seeing the vast superiority of Christianity over humanism or any other vain philosophy. The bible has something real and stable. The Bible offers a perfect guide for day to day living: teaching the value of time (Eph. 5:15-16); honesty (Eph. 4:25,28); the putting away of every vice which is harmful to one’s self and others (Col. 3:5-9); benevolence and kindness in thought and deed (Col. 3:11-14). The Bible condemns all partiality and prejudice (Col. 3:11; Gal. 3:26-28; James 2:19). The Bible teaches moderation, patience, and peace (Phil. 4:4-8). Humanism stresses that this life is all there is – that our existence is extremely brief and ultimately hopeless. The Bible, on the other hand, teaches us that while the outward man perishes, the inward man is renewed day by day. God’s word offers us eternal life and provides the motivation to live an honourable, godly life that we might live eternally with God. The Bible and humanistic philosophy are at war. The battle is bitter, but there is only one way that wickedness can prevail: If Christians fail to study and practice the teaching of God’s word. There is a major difference between the belief system of the messengers of God and those who reject the word of God. Others find their beliefs humanistically up>