New field of study launched: Integrated management of water, soil and waste

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Logo of Integrated Management programme (Sources: UNU, TU Dresden)

Dresden — The United Nations University (UNU) and the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) have announced the launch of a joint doctoral degree in Integrated Management of Water, Soil and Waste. The programme, which will begin in October 2014, is coordinated by TUD and the Dresden-based UNU Institute for the Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES).

“The theme of our joint doctoral degree programme is new and unique in the academic world”, remarked Dr. David Malone, Rector of UNU, after signing the agreement to launch the joint programme. “The programme will enable graduate students to benefit from an interdisciplinary approach, a nexus approach, towards the integrated management of water, soil and waste.”

The joint programme aims at creating a new generation of environmental scientists, engineers and managers. After successfully completing the programme, the graduates will be able to conduct, promote and guide the sustainable management of water, soil and waste. These resources and their sustainable management are essential in times of climate change, population increase and economic growth, particularly for developing countries and emerging economies.

The Rector of TUD, Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen, declared that the participants will benefit greatly from the joint programme: “Students will have access to the facilities and services of 13 research and training institutes and programmes of UNU around the world as well as those of TU Dresden, one of eleven German Universities of Excellence. Their research will include close cooperation with the UN, other international organizations and our local partners.”

The main objective of the joint doctoral degree programme is to provide graduate students with detailed knowledge and critical understanding of strategies and tools that enable an interdisciplinary and integrated approach towards the management of water, soil and waste.

More information can be found under UNU-TUD Joint Doctoral Programme Flyer.

Sources: United Nations University / Technische Universität Dresden