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Prof. Dr. Mag. Franz Rauch

“Since many years I am dealing with research questions and international and national projects related to education, school development and science education, while environmental education and Education for Sustainable Development have always been of special interest for me. I am the editor of the “Educational Action Research Journal” and member of the editorial board of the “The Journal of Environmental Education”.

I am glad to host the Master course ´Management of Protected Areas´ at the Institute for Instructional and School Development at the Alpen Adria University Klagenfurt and to enrich the program with elements on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). I am looking forward to fruitful exchange and mutual learning!”


Field of expertise: environmental education, education for sustainable development, networks in education, school development, science education

Institution: Alpen-Adria-University of Klagenfurt/Austria, Institute of Instructional and School Development (IUS)

Function in the MSc-Programme: : programme director, programme development, lecturer

Michael Jungmeier

"Working in and for Protected Areas is one of the most interesting, challenging and rewarding responsibilities you can have. After some 15 years of planning and consultancy work for Protected Areas, I am very proud to be in charge of developing and running this MSc programme with considerable support from the experts on the Advisory Board and an international team of lecturers. We want to present a comprehensive course that offers a proper and efficient development of European Protected Areas. I find this MSc programme to be a unique platform for exchanging experiences. I am looking forward to meeting the participants from different Protected Areas, representing some of the most beautiful and precious regions on the continent."

Field of expertise: ecology, conservation ecology, planning and preparing Protected Areas, communication design

Institutions: University of Klagenfurt, Department of Geography and Regional Studies; E.C.O. Institute of Ecology, Austria; lecturer at the University of Vienna, Department of Ecology

Function in the MSc-Programme: programme development, scientific executive board, lecturer, tutor

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Alexandra Joseph

"Working for the MPA-programme for me means providing personal administrative support to the students and lecturers, preparing and organizing the modules & excursions as well as handling information and processing of assignments. Based at E.C.O. Institute for Ecology, I am coordinating the MPA-programme and our new training format, the European Parks´ Academy. With a background in ecology and international cooperation, I am also engaged in our international projects, networks and cooperations."


"What we especially value is to get to know a lot of different people from several nations. It is great to have such an expertise and this variety of cultural origin in one student group. As a team, we work hand in hand to ensure smooth procedures within the MPA programme."