Final call for Klagenfurt MPA
The deadline for submitting applications for the next instalment of the international Masters degree programme “Management of Protected Areas” at the Alpen-Adria-Universität ends on June 30.
"Yes, applications are coming in all the time", says Dr. Michael Jungmeier, director of the Masters degree programme "Management of Protected Areas" at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. "We have interesting, highly attractive applicants from all over the world, but there are still places to be filled." Jungmeier ist particularly keen to adress newcomers from other career paths, graduates looking for additional qualifications and people who are already volunteering for nature preservation and environmental projects. "National parks, biosphere parks and world heritage sites are wonderful places of employment, all of them located in the wolrd's most beautiful scenic spots."
The application procedure is straightforward as all the necessary documents are compiled in the application package available on the homepage of the programme (www.mpa.uni-klu.ac.at). Information is sent out by e-mail.
Applicants must have:
- University degree or equivalent
- Good working knowledge of English
- Demonstrable interest
During July, interviews will be held via Skype, telephone or face-to-face, giving applicants the chance to show their demonstrable interest and obtain answers to any open questions from the course management. “I would like to actively encourage applicants to take this step and am happy to provide additional information”, says Jungmeier.
The learning goals of this Masters programme are:
- an excellent and comprehensive understanding of the aims and roles of Protected Areas in relation to the conservation of biodiversity and (integrated) regional development.
- in-depth knowledge on applying the full range of tools available for the management of Protected Areas, so that they can effectively fulfil these aims and foster sustainable regional development.
- an ability to analyse and solve problems encountered when establishing, planning and managing Protected Areas, to conduct inter- and transdisciplinary dialogues with all stakeholders and to develop and implement appropriate integrated solutions.
- the development of hard and soft skills to create mutual benefits for nature conservation on the one hand, and for the local population on the other hand, particularly in peripheral regions as well as in developing countries.