University of Waikato launches world’s first degree in climate change


The University of Waikato has launched the world’s first Bachelor of Climate Change degree as New Zealand works to meet its target of net zero emissions by 2050.

The three-year degree, starting next year, combines scientific knowledge with understanding of economic, social and political systems and Māori and Pacific responses to climate change, delivering graduates who will lead future climate change solutions.

University of Waikato dean of science Professor Margaret Barbour says as New Zealand and the world work towards a target of net zero emissions by 2050, our future depends on how we respond to the challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and how we adapt to environmental change.

Barbour says students with the qualification will be in demand throughout Aotearoa and the world as we work towards the target of net zero emissions by 2050.

The degree was officially launched last week at an online event attended by Minister for Climate Change James Shaw and other dignitaries.

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