The Ecotechnology study programme is anchored in development projects for ecotechnological reconstruction and advancement in production, service activities and public services. These projects integrate the research and educational capacities of IPS with the research capacities of participating industry, services and public services. The strategy of sustainable development includes the integration of environmental, technological, economic and social goals, particularly in production and consumption. It is essential to plan, develop and disseminate the use of ecotechnologies (“eco” meaning both ecological and economic), and to implement systematic sustainable market strategies to develop more favourable consumption trends. The essential components of ecotechnological approaches are new procedures and products which include an increasing efficiency in the use of raw materials and energy, minimizing and recycling of wastes, the reduction of adverse environmental impacts of production and transport, and the systematic improvement of the endangered environment. Characteristic for the proposed programme is the emphasis on the interlinking of basic research with applied research and with the progress in industry and trade, and therefore this study programme is intended, as a rule, for candidates who have at least two years of work experience and the support of their employers.
This postgraduate study programme will offer the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills for competent research, forming international relationships, and for the management of sustainability-oriented development, and the transfer and application of ecotechnologies.
Emphasis will be placed on threefold ability for:
- widening and deepening the scientific content, methods and techniques in the selected fields of natural sciences, technologies, engineering and information sciences, which will support strategic choice, development, transfer, optimization, utilization and control of selected ecotechnologies for increasing commercial efficiency while benefiting broader social interests concerning sustainable development;
- developing the abilities and skills for enhancing the quality of processes, products and services, and increasing the added value, striving for excellence and maximum enforcement of the principles of sustainable development;
- developing an integral process of thinking which surpasses individual areas and develops multidisciplinary communication skills for dealing with experts from other disciplines and subject areas, comprehensive definition of problems, systematic approaches solving complex problems through teamwork, decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and long-term target-oriented strategic planning.
For this purpose, the programme will also include selected managerial skills and the development of expertise in applying knowledge to resolve broader economic, environmental, socio-political, regulatory and administrative issues.
The selection of courses is based on the credit framework. The candidate shall collect 60 credits from the organized form of lectures and 60 credits from individual work in research. The candidate can also obtain credits from other related study programmes at the local or foreign institutions of higher education with prior consent of the Senate. The curriculum for the first two years of master’s and doctoral studies is the same. Individual research work within master’s degree studies is intended for preparation of the master’s thesis.
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