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Jožef Stefan
International
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

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Ecotehnology


Programme Description

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.

Basic Objectives of the Programme

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.

Years 1 and 2

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.

Credit Framework

YearLecture creditsIndividual research workAll creditsMinimum requirements for advancing into next year
1st6006045
2nd06060-
All years6060120-

Courses

Environmental Problems in Electronics, 6 ECTS
Economics for Researchers, 3 ECTS
Individual Research Work, 0 ECTS
Industrial Expert Knowledge and Project Work 1, 3 ECTS
Innovation Management, 3 ECTS
Inorganic Chemistry - Selected Topics, 6 ECTS
Environmental Pollution - Selected Topics, 6 ECTS
Environmental Technologies - Selected Topics, 6 ECTS
Commercialization of Technology, 6 ECTS
Concept of Sustainable Development, 3 ECTS
Materials and Ecology, 9 ECTS
Management of Technology and Innovation, 9 ECTS
Microscopy of Nanomaterials, 6 ECTS
Knowledge Discovery from Environmental Data, 6 ECTS
Tools for Environmental Quality Control, 9 ECTS
Fundamentals of Green Chemistry, 6 ECTS
Writing Research Projects , 3 ECTS
Corporate Law and Dispute Settlement, 3 ECTS
Radioactive and Nuclear Methods for the Study of Processes, 6 ECTS
Radioecology, 6 ECTS
Technology Development Management, 9 ECTS
Systems and Techniques of Decision Support, 9 ECTS
Environmental Management Systems, 9 ECTS
Systems, Facilities and Materials for Alternative Energy Sources, 9 ECTS
Spectroscopy with Polarized Light, 6 ECTS
Strategic Evaluation of Environmental Impacts, 6 ECTS
Risks with Hazardous Materials in Industry, 6 ECTS
Energy Efficiency in Production, 9 ECTS
Introduction to Ecological Plasma Technologies, 6 ECTS