If you are passionate about climate protection, zero-emission-systems, green growth, and the circular economy, you will definitely find this webinar fascinating. 

In this Circular Economy Masterclass, Dr Michael Knaus, Head of International Department Institute of Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS) at the University of Applied Sciences Trier, and Samuel R. R. Beddow, Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Outreach Officer, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), talk about a dual degree program that can provide a solid basis for your future career.

Living beyond our means

Dr. Knaus started by posing a fundamental question: economic growth or climate protection – is there a contradiction or are they two sides of the same coin? Before outlining his vision of climate-oriented economic promotion, he painted a rather bleak picture of the world we inhabit today. Dr. Knaus said that if we don’t change our ways, we as a society don’t have a long-term future. The world population could swell up to 12 billion people by the end of the century. And the planet just does not have the resources to support that many people if they are to have a lifestyle similar to ours today. It will be impossible to sustain this level of skyrocketing energy demand.

The IfaS institute tries to promote the so-called circular economy, creating more welfare but with less environmental impact. Dr. Knaus presented strategies and solutions for turning the tide, including a case study about building a sustainable desert city.

He concluded:

The University of Applied Sciences Trier is a role model in this field where students can touch and feel and see a zero-emission society on a daily basis.

A dual Master’s program for a brighter future

Samuel Beddow, Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Outreach Officer at APU, went on to present the International Material Flow Management Dual Master program, delivered jointly by APU and the University of Applied Sciences Trier.

The program is carried out by APU during the first year and the Trier University of Applied Sciences during the second year. APU focuses more on the policy side of sustainable development, pushing engineering and business principles through and instilling these ideas in those who hold power. Beddow said:

This is an incredibly important skill because I think much of the problem comes from stubbornness and unwillingness to let go of preconceptions.

He also broached the subject of career outlook. Alumni work as green-tech sales managers, carbon and climate managers, consultants for green growth, and some even strike out as eco entrepreneurs.  

Watch the full webinar to learn more about tuition fees, scholarship opportunities, application requirements, and deadlines. Here is a tip: if you apply early on you increase your chance of receiving a scholarship.