Advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace is a part of Rotary’s mission, but to accomplish this in a world strewn with conflict takes commitment. Rotarians are working toward that goal by supporting the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution and the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program.
Located at seven leading universities around the world, the Rotary Centers provide fellows the chance to study in a graduate-level program in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, and other related disciplines. The Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program is a shorter program aimed at professionals in governments and other agencies.
Our District actively supports two Peace and Conflict Resolution studies programs.
This program, which began July 2006, provides professionals from around the world the opportunity to be trained in conflict resolution and mediation strategies. The intensive three-month course is housed at the Rotary Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Each year, up to 60 scholars are sponsored to study at one of the six Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution for a master’s-level degree. Since the program’s inception in 2002-03, 233 fellows from 60 countries have participated, funded by awards of almost $14 million through the Foundation.