Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme in Industrial Ecology (MIND) – developed by the consortium of seven partner universities, coordinated by the University of Graz.
Industrial Ecology is an emerging interdisciplinary field combining natural, technical and social sciences in a systems view at scale levels from the global to the local. Its core concept is the analogy between processes in nature (biosphere) and processes in society (techno-sphere). Evolution has resulted in a highly efficient use of materials and energy in biosphere systems: waste from one process is a resource for another. In today ‘s society, resources are exploited, producing unusable waste streams and release of pollutants to soil, water, and air, leading to complex sustainability problems. Society might take lessons from the biosphere to solve these problems.
The MIND programme is a new two-year programme with 120 ECTS (started in academic year 2011/12), offering a unique Industrial Ecology education for 15 third-country and 10 EU students >per edition. Those 25 students can study at two or three universities of the MIND consortium, representing the following seven universities:
- – University of Graz (Austria) as co-ordinator
- – Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
- – Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
- – Leiden University (Netherlands)
- – Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)
- – Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)
- – Waseda University (Japan)
The objective of the MIND programme is to train students
- – to conduct industrial ecology analyses of such complex sustainability problems,
- – to design industrial ecology solutions for these problems and
- – to develop implementation strategies for those solutions identified.
EU and third-country students can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship which covers participation costs and insurance as well as subsistence allowance.
The next call for applications is open until January 15th 2012!
For more information please visit our website: http://www.emmind.eu/
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