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The deadline for applications for the course programme 2010/2011 is 1st June 2010. The training course from 7 September until 1 October 2010 is on “Nature protection and conservation of biodiversity”, the course from 18 October until 11 November 2010 is on “Climate change adaptation”, the course from 23 November until 16 December 2010 is on “Environmental urban design”. The “34th International Postgraduate Course on Environmental Management for Developing and Emerging Countries” will run from 17 January until 15 July 2011. The courses are designed mainly for managers and decision-makers with pertinent professional experience in the respective field. Full information:

Aerial view of the Masisi area in Eastern Congo showing drastically altered land use
© Julien Harneis (Flickr CC)

CIPSEM is short for “Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management” at the Technische Universität Dresden. The training programme offers annually one extended and several short courses on Environmental Management for postgraduate experts from developing and emerging countries.

The capacities developed during the annual CIPSEM training programme enable its participants to draft interdisciplinary strategies on their own and to take measures for preventive environment protection. The training course is interdisciplinary in nature integrating ecological, socio-economic and cultural aspects of sustainable development.

The six-month course (extended course) encompasses a broad range of topics under the title "Integrated Environmental Management". Most of all, this course fosters interdisciplinary thinking and working. In addition there are usually three independent Short Courses of two to four weeks (with different participants), each addressing specific issues oriented towards the needs of developing countries, such as Water, Waste, Soil, Biodiversity, Sustainable Transportation, Urbanisation, Land use and Energy. Every year, the topics of the Short Courses are different.

CIPSEM has been established in 1977 in the former German Democratic Republic, with international support both from UNESCO and from UNEP, the Environmental Programme of the UN. Since 1990, CIPSEM is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Technische Universität Dresden.

Besides UNEP, UNESCO and the BMU, the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) and the Technische Universität Dresden are members of the CIPSEM Steering Committee. It selects the participants for the next term and suggests topics for the courses to be held in the subsequent year.

Two students discussing at CIPSEM

The CIPSEM teaching staff is composed of professors and experts from various faculties of the Technische Universität Dresden and other German governmental and non-governmental institutions, of the German industry as well as of experts from abroad. The broadest possible range of experiences is invited to be shared with the workshop participants. In addition, CIPSEM courses encompass excursions to biosphere reserves, to industrial sites or to administrative departments. They are used to demonstrate concrete environmental problems and solutions as well as examples of best practice. To achieve exchange of experiences among the participants and to develop solutions that may be practically implemented in developing countries is central for the course organizers.

Favoured candidates for participation in CIPSEM courses are professionals from public administration from developing and emerging countries having obtained at least a Bachelor in their regular academic education and two to three years of professional experience. Usually roughly 80 students are chosen from about 500 applicants. Up to 21 course fellows may obtain a fellowship of the BMU.

Courses start every year in September and end in July of the following year. The new course programme is annually distributed via the German embassies in developing countries and countries in transition and published on the CIPSEM website, starting from January. Deadline for applications (using the form offered at the CIPSEM website) to all courses is in June of the respective year.

Participants successfully completing the 6-month course are awarded a Diploma of Environmental Management or for Short Courses a Certificate of Proficiency in the respective sector.

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