Passion and profession!


150 days until the MPA start

“Applicants from various origins have already signaled their objective to turn their passion into profession. We are pleased to announce, that we have already received a number of applications from all over the world for the fifth MPA round in September”, says Dr. Michael Jungmeier, director of the MPA programme.
Furthermore, he states, “There are are still some places available. We would like to inform those who have not yet opted for an application, that there are only 150 days remaining until start of the MPA programme on September 8 and that the application period expires on 30 June 2015”. Please use the remaining weeks in order inform yourself online or via Email about the unique academic training and forward this newsletter to your colleagues, friends or interested persons.


Face to face

data/content/news/newsletter58/Newsletter58_2a.jpg “We are aware about the fact that an electronic contact cannot substitute a personal talk, therefore we will gladly welcome the possibility to meet with the applicants personally”, says Elisabeth Kreimer, communication manager of the programme. “Besides the conventional sources of information, at the end of May 2015, there is the possibility to exchange face-to-face”, she explains.
Elisabeth Kreimer will attend the “Little Sydney Conference – Protecting Nature in Europe” in the National park Donau-Auen (Austria) and will be at disposal for requests and information. The Little Sydney Conference is a great setting and occasion to inform yourself and to exchange about the MPA programme. Please find more information about the Little Sydney Conference online.


Faces of MPA Vol. 1
This new series “Faces of MPA” introduces the lecturers and collaborators of the MPA programme and gives an insight into the broad portfolio of their different backgrounds.

Andrej Sovinc, Ph.D. (IUCN WCPA Regional Vice-Chair Europe) is a long-standing lecturer in the MPA programme and member of the advisory board. "Protected Areas have always played an important role in my life", says Andrej Sovinc. “My theoretical background on the systems of Protected Areas was sought while preparing a PhD on the subject, and experiences on ground PA management have their roots in my appointment as the Head of the Secovlje Salina Nature Park in Slovenia, which I have been leading for the last twelve years."
We are happy about Andrej's activities in the MPA programme and that he imparts his practical experience, profound knowledge and passionate expertise to the students.

Andrej Sovinc with the MPA Students in the Secovlje Salina Nature Park in Slovenia

Turn your passion into profession

Planning and managing protected areas is a challenging, but also rewarding mission – regardless of whether your origin is Austria, Australia or Argentina. The demand for highly skilled professionals in the protected area management is growing enormously.
The MSc programme “Management of Protected Areas” offers skills, which enable you to manage your protected area much more relaxed. For career changers this course is an excellent opportunity to gain extensive training with good employment prospects in the field of protected areas. Furthermore, the programme offers the ideal practical vocational training and tools to turn your passion into your profession.


Biosphere Reserve Nockberge

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