UPEACE Executive Education celebrates one year of online courses

United Nations Mandated University for Peace’s Centre for Executive Education offers online courses to a high-impact international community

Mohit Mukherjee, CEC member Photo: UPEACE

New online course starts March 15

March 2012—San Jose Costa Rica—In an increasingly interconnected global world, online education has become a well-regarded platform for higher education. People on each level on management now have the option to increase their knowledge of organizational leadership via virtual learning while still maintaining their position and work responsibilities.

A recent study by SRI International for the Department of Education reports that “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” The best performances are due to an interactive online environment, including peer to peer help, videos and social media.

Mohit Mukherjee, Director of the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education and CEC member agrees. “Our pilot online course has proven to be a success based on participant feedback. In our inaugural year, we were able to reach leaders in over 50 countries, most of whom would not have been able to travel to Costa Rica to access our specialized content. We are excited to expand our offerings this year and continue to build an international community of innovators in the social sector who are coming together online to learn, share information and build relationships.”

The first online course, “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change” was held one year ago from January to March 2011 as an addition to on-site trainings in San Jose, Costa Rica. April 2012 will mark the 5th version of the course, which changes yearly as the field of social entrepreneurship is a very dynamic space. The Centre has now worked with students from 55 countries and continues to build international relationships that have lead to business opportunities, non profit growth and expansion of positive leadership development worldwide.

  • The Centre for Executive Education is building on this initial course by offering another original online course starting March 15th, ‘Skills for Effective Negotiation’. This course, taught by Alexandru Balas, PhD, covers negotiation strategies and tactics, mediation for cross cultural communications, online negotiations, among other valuable skills for business leaders.


About the United Nations Mandate University for Peace’s Centre for Executive Education
Located in Costa Rica, within the United Nations mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education delivers dynamic courses to leaders from around the world. The Centre reaches out to nonprofit leaders, business executives, educators at all levels, UN staff, students and other professional audiences. The approach to all courses is innovative, interactive, and participant-centered, using case-studies and field trips when appropriate. The Centre aims to develop key leadership skills by incorporating the following crosscutting themes: Intercultural Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Teambuilding. Our courses provide the necessary tools and resources to put theory into action.

Contact Alonso Muñoz, amunoz@upeace.org for more information or visit www.centre.upeace.org


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