Integrated Theoretical and Practical MSc Education for Sustainable Industrial Development
Jurgis Staniskis, Valdas Arbaciauskas Abstract Purpose: To ensure long-term capacity building in the field of sustainable industrial development, a new MSc program in Environmental Management and Cleaner Production was developed in the framework of the BALTECH consortium, which consists of technical universities in the Baltic Sea region. The program started at Kaunas University of Technology in September 2002. The purpose of the paper is to present this program as an example for effective education for sustainable industrial development at MSc level. Design/methodology/approach: The paper includes a description of the MSc. Program in Environmental Management and Cleaner Production as well as the main guiding principles for the structure of the program and the way the pro- gram’s subjects are related to the concept of industrial ecology. Findings: Due to the fact that the number of companies applying different preventive environmental measures is increasing, there is a growing demand for engineers with high competence in technologies for cleaner production and integrated environmental management. The MSc program presented here makes it possible to satisfy this demand. Originality/value: The paper presents a practically tested approach to the integra- tion of theoretical and practical education for sustainable development. Introduction The focus of environmental work has shifted over the past few decades from dealing exclusively with the emissions and wastes of industrial production to include overall environmental responsibility and performance of all types of enterprises, whereby the environmental properties of products are becoming more and more important. Environmental issues today affect all types of enter- prises....
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