2015 Masters students selected
After combing through 116 applications to enrol for the Master’s Degree in Environmental Management in 2015, 46 applicants were informed that their applications had been successful. They will be reporting for the first contact session of their two-year course in January.
According to Prof Maitland Seaman, the application process required careful thought and much discussion between staff at the Centre. “We considered a range of factors, among which applicants’ basic qualifications, experience of environmental work and present employment, and the ability to express an argument coherently and innovatively in writing. Over the 20 years we have been presenting this degree course we have refined the selection process continuously to select students who have the potential to complete the degree in the specified time frame.
“We still receive a large number of applications from beyond South Africa’s borders, which points to the need for this programme in the region. However, the type of student applying for the programme has changed gradually. This year a large number of applicants have completed Honours degrees in Environmental Management, and relatively few applicants are graduates of the UFS.”
Prof Seaman says that it is becoming evident that environmental management is developing into a discipline on its own, rather than an amalgamation of other disciplines.
The activities of the Centre for Environmental Management in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State involve education and training, conducting applied research and providing expert services:
- We present the following degree courses:
Honours in Limnology
Master of Environmental Management
PhD in Environmental Management
- We present short courses on a variety of topics
- We conduct research for academic and contract purposes
- We host the African Water Symposium and Orange River Basin Symposium
The centre’s work is concentrated mainly on corporate environmental management, and we have a flexible approach to course content. We continuously adapt course topics and content to meet the need for information about new developments in environmental management, and for requirements related to professional development by practitioners.
The centre’s graduates are ideally situated to become leaders in the field of environmental management in the public or private sector. Our approach impresses upon students the interdisciplinary nature of the field of study, and the course guides them to mastery of the scientific process.
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Last updated: 02 December 2014 11:09