What is ACTS?

The Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) program is unique in the field of Conflict Transformation though its utilization of a hybrid academic-practitioner perspective. The ACTS program offers a thorough, rigorous, dynamic and state-of-the-art approach drawing upon the latest developments in the field and contextual peace practices throughout Asia. This program includes an expansive theoretical background situated in a systems perspective to offer the most comprehensive methodology for critically assessing conflict and skilfully designing methods of transformation. The ACTS program also focuses on the development of a wide range of practical skills carefully designed to improve the participants’ capacities in both research and field work.

ACTS is offered as a two year part-time course in Siem Reap, Cambodia and is accredited by Pannasastra University Cambodia. The programme has been successfully running since 2004, attracting a diverse range of students from all over the Asia-Pacific region.

While CPCS has a limited number of partial scholarships for this program, it is the responsibility of the applicant to seek their own funding support.

 Why ACTS?

The ACTS programme is a unique blend of practical work, action research and theoretical study. By combining these elements the ACTS course enables participants to develop knowledge and skills that will allow them and their organisations, to deepen their understanding of the work they are involved in and increase their ability to work efficiently and creatively.

Throughout the course participants will begin to investigate and find answers to key issues that they are facing within their work and make their knowledge and experience explicit, thereby contributing to both local and global discourse on the subject.

Through work done on the courses ACTS will benefit organisations as well as the individual. We encourage participants’ organisations to provide support where necessary and to play an active role in the action research.

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