The first global initiative to provide rigorous professional training for future leaders in the field of sustainable development was unveiled at Columbia University on October 15, 2008. The program, which was recommended in a newly released report by the International Commission on Education for Sustainable Development Practice, sets a new standard for other universities hoping to design their own Masters degrees along this model. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has committed $15 million to seed the creation of such Masters in Development Practice programs at up to 12 universities worldwide over three years.