The MEEM programme is a postgraduate and academic programme that aims at preparing students for jobs in companies, government and non-governmental organisations as internal and external consultants/environmental or energy (project) team members, civil servants and researchers in the domain of environmental science, specialised in environmental and energy management. Graduates will be able to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate environmental or energy management programmes, policies and projects.
The programme focuses on the administrative, organisational and technical causes underlying environmental or energy problems and on strategies to control these problems and stimulate sustainable development. This is done from the perspectives of:
- government / policy
- companies (including stakeholders)
- the interrelations in society
The primary focus of the MEEM programme is to prepare graduates for a professional career for which academic education is important. As such, it aims to equip its participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to work on and design solutions for multi-disciplinary problems in environmental or energy management. This is reflected in the final attainment levels, which show a focus on application and integration of models, theories and tools, a critical attitude towards the suitability of potential solutions in their specific context, and attention for assignments and project work focused on analysis and design of solutions. Additionally, graduates are also equipped to work in (applied) academic research in the area of environmental and energy management.
The aim of the programme is reflected in its final attainment levels. Final attainment levels specify the qualifications that graduates have upon graduation The final attainment levels are as follows:
- Graduates have knowledge of and insight in the relevant key concepts and theories of policy studies and law and can describe and categorise relevant policy instruments, describe the legal basis of common policy instruments used in environmental and energy management and are able to assess their usefulness and feasibility in various contexts.
- Graduates have basic knowledge of and insight in a variety of clean(er) and treatment technologies relevant for environmental and energy management, and tools that can be used for assessing the options for improving the environmental and energy impacts of products and production processes. They are able to make basic calculations for some of these tools and to make judgements about what technological solutions are appropriate for specific situations.
- Graduates have knowledge of and insight in relevant key terms and concepts of organisational theory, operations management and financial analysis. They are able to apply these to analyse (energy and environmental projects in) an organisation, define needs for change and advise about implementation.
- Graduates have knowledge of and insight in the relevant key concepts, theories and tools, strategies and management systems for corporate environmental and energy management, including Corporate Social Responsibility. Graduates are able to analyse an existing situation and design solutions for (a specific issue in) environmental or energy management.
- Graduates understand the concept of sustainable development and the relationships between resource utilization, production processes, societal processes and environmental pressure and are able to apply combinations of concepts and theories in environmental and energy management to the situation in the home country or other specific real life situations.
- Graduates are able to integrate knowledge from various disciplines and to understand interrelationships in sustainable development processes, and are capable of formulating an action programme, policy, project or recommendations for environmental or energy management issues in their context based on this integrated knowledge.
- Graduates have academic and research skills like critically reflecting on literature, designing a research proposal and executing and reporting on an (applied) research project.
- Graduates are able to independently access relevant scientific literature to obtain additional knowledge and apply this to the problem at hand.
- Graduates take the responsibility for the continuous development of their own knowledge and skills.
- Graduates are able to make a relevant contribution as an individual or as a member of an multi-disciplinary team to analysing and solving complex environmental or energy problems in an organisation or region. They are able to function in an international team, with English as the language of communication.
- Graduates are able and willing to recognise the ethical aspects related to their activities.
- Graduates are able to give a structured written and oral presentation in English about individual or team work. They also adhere to existing academic traditions, such as providing proper credits and references.
- Graduates are able to reflect on matters and issues in the domain, are able to form an opinion and to contribute to both scientific and practitioners’ discussions and e.g. to critically reflect on the role of technology in the process towards sustainable development
- Graduates have knowledge of the principles of relevant professional skills, like communication, management and consulting skills, and have some basic experiences in applying these.
“The panel has found that the programme stresses both the academic as well as the professional orientation of the education. The panel confirms that the intended learning outcomes are sufficiently related to the requirements set by the professional field and the academic discipline.”
“The panel found a programme based on many years of experience and expertise covering both the academic as well as the professional field.”
(accreditation expert panel report, sept. 2007)