Interdisciplinary Distance Studies in Environmental Sciences (infernum)
With over 500 students currently enrolled, the master course, which has already been successfully accredited for the second time, is characterized by its interdisciplinary orientation, the subject-related breadth of the range of courses and the flexibility of the organization. With these unique selling points, infernum fills a gap in the field of environmental science further academic education and enjoys constantly high demand on the further education market in view of the high current relevance of environmental protection and sustainability and their increasing importance in the future, as well as the need for life-long learning.
Following numerous awards as a UN Decade Project in previous years, infernum received the award for ‘UNESCO Global Action Programme Network Education for Sustainable Development’ in 2016 from the German UNESCO Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Back in 2014, infernum was also named as a ‘Place of Progress’. The title is an honor by the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (currently: Ministry of Culture and Science) to pioneers who combine economics, ecology, and social issues to create innovations.
As a provider and sponsor of the infernum study program in long-standing cooperation with the FernUniversität in Hagen, Fraunhofer UMSICHT has extensive expertise and experience, particularly in the areas of curriculum development, the didactic preparation of teaching materials, the transfer of interdisciplinary knowledge to different target groups, distance learning, in-service further academic education, and blended learning as a meaningful and demand-oriented combination of e-learning elements, face-to-face courses, and written teaching material.