Interdisciplinary distance learning program for environmental sciences "infernum"
On 30 October 2010 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the interdisciplinary distance learning program for environmental sciences infernum. In November 2000 the master studies program, which is offered in cooperation between Fraunhofer UMSICHT and the FernUniversität in Hagen (Open University), started with 43 students. Meanwhile 550 students are enrolled. This number proves the success of this program which offers future-oriented further training in the fields of environment and sustainability.
infernum– imparts environmental know-how from more than 10 disciplines and qualifies its students – who are mainly enrolled in the program parallel to their job – to think and act in interdisciplinary ways. Employees in business, associations, science, administrative bodies, freelancers and qualified junior scientists get insight into cutting-edge technologies and interdisciplinary know-how in environmental technologies. infernum thus lays the knowledge foundation for the integration of ecologic, economic and social aspects of sustainability. The master’s degree program enables networked thinking and encourages creativity and innovation capability. Graduates are qualified to realize sustainable approaches to complex environmental tasks in companies and in the society and to act as promoters with managerial responsibility and strategic vision.
As a distance learning program infernum supports its participants in working independently and in a structured way and in acquiring specific knowledge. The information is imparted by manageable learning units in the form of “Studienbriefe” as well as by internet-supported units. Class-room seminars and excursions focusing on current research results and practical examples complete the program and help to intensify the contact between the participants and the supervising scientists.
After the successful completion of the accredited program graduates are awarded a Master of Science (M.Sc.).
In 2005 infernum was assigned the label “official project of the United Nations Decade for the Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014“.
The distance learning program infernum is part of the Fraunhofer Academy which bundles the career development offers of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and offers excellent career opportunities to scientists and management staff. The latest knowledge in R&D is reflected in the content of teaching. This guarantees a unique transfer of know-how from Fraunhofer research into enterprises.