Management of Conservation Areas: International postgraduate master degree program

MASTER-SESSION ONLINE

22. April | 16 – 19 Uhr | ONLINE

Die Master-Infosession ONLINE bietet eine bequeme Möglichkeit, sich über die Studien- und Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten der Fachhochschule Kärnten zu informieren. Programmverantwortliche, Lehrende und Studierende stellen in Online-Infosessions die jeweiligen Studiengänge/Programme vor und beantworten Fragen der Teilnehmenden persönlich und im Chat.  

Die virtuelle Veranstaltung gibt einen detaillierten Einblick in die Inhalte, den Aufbau und die Zulassung der Masterstudiengänge und gibt Informationen zu Studienbeginn und diversen Anlaufstellen.

Management of Conservation Areas - MSc (CE)

Join our virtual information session!

  • Tuesday, 23rd April, 17:00 CET ONLINE via MS Teams

Virtual information session, with detailed insights into the Master’s programme. (Participation is free of charge)

For organisational reasons (access link to MS Teams) we ask for registration by mail: 

m.hierlaender[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

Management of Conservation Areas - Master degree program

International postgraduate master degree program

The planning and managing of conservation areas involves many different legal, administrative and technical aspects – the demand for highly skilled experts is growing. The Carinthian University of Applied Sciences has launched an international postgraduate master degree program dealing with these inter- and transdisciplinary challenges.

Managers of conservation areas

The aim of the Management of conservation areas program is to promote biodiversity conservation and regional sustainable development in Europe and worldwide by educating and training (future) managers of conservation areas. The MCA program focuses on skills which enable and empower to:

  • manage conservation areas effectively;
  • use new ways of communication;
  • deal with stakeholders in a better way;

Graduates of this program work as managers of conservation areas, national parks, biosphere reserves or world heritage sites. They develop and support community- managed sites and indigenous protected areas or shape the future of international organizations. Graduates may also work in the consulting, planning and scientific sector.

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Infos zum Programm und zur Anmeldung

News

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GUNK

Golden Toad Award

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Monitoring Guideline

Biodiversity monitoring guideline set for April publication date

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Information & Contact

Contact

If you have any questions feel free to contact:

Melina Hierländer, BA
Course administrator CUAS Academy 

+43 5 90500 4305
m.hierlaender[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

Hauptplatz 12
9560 Feldkirchen

Qualification awarded
Master of Science (Continuing Education) - MSc (CE) 

ECTS Credits
120

Tuition Fee
€ 13.900,-

ÖH Fee
€ 22,70 / Semester (index-adjusted)

Duration of study
4 terms

Mode of study
part-time

Language of instruction
English

Dates

Next course start: Fall 2024
Application deadline: 31st May 2024

Interviews: Application interviews are conducted on an ongoing basis.

Next Info-Sessions:

  • Tuesday, 23rd April, 17:00 CET ONLINE via MS Teams
  • Tuesday, 28th May, 17:00 CET ONLINE via MS Teams
  • Tuesday, 25th June, 17:00 CET ONLINE via MS Teams

Virtual information session, with detailed insights into the Master’s programme. (Participation is free of charge)

For organisational reasons (access link to MS Teams) we ask for registration by mail: m.hierlaender[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

Learning Target & Content

After completing the MSc (CE) Program the manager and decision makers of conservation areas will be able to fully promote and understand biodiversity conservation and its contribution to sustainable development. The knowledge will be applicable worldwide and hence will have a strong focus on development cooperation.

Participants will gain:

  • a comprehensive understanding of the aims and roles of conservation areas with regards to the conservation of biodiversity and (integrated) regional development;
  • a detailed knowledge of the full range of tools available for the management of conservation areas;
  • the ability to analyze and solve problems encountered when establishing, planning or managing conservation areas, including the implementation of inter- and transdisciplinary dialogues with all stakeholder groups;
  • hard and soft skills to create mutual benefits for nature conservation on the one hand and the local population on the other hand, particularly in peripheral regions as well as in developing countries.

The technical components of the program have a focus on terrestrial, in particular mountainous ecoregions.

Besides the core team (Carinthian University of Applied Sciences and E.C.O.), lecturers are around 30 internationally recognised experts. They represent the broad portfolio of different backgrounds, ranging from theoretical (science) to practical knowledge (park managers, consultants, international organizations). Innovative teaching and training formats support the development of relevant competencies. Interactive settings give way to peer-to-peer learning and allow for individual interaction with trainers and lecturers. An international advisory board supports the program in terms of quality control and gives access to most recent research, technologies and trends.

Organisation & Dates

The duration of the university certificate program for 2024 is 4 terms (2 years) and 19 courses. The total work load of the program is 120 ECTS. Hence, substantial components of the training are provided by e-learning. Presence courses will be held in different venues, for instance in seminar facilities of different parks and conservation areas in Central Europe.

Next course start: Fall 2024
Application deadline: 31st May 2024
Interviews: Application interviews are conducted on an ongoing basis.

Next Info-Sessions:

  • Tuesday, 23rd April, 17:00 CET ONLINE via MS Teams
  • Tuesday, 28th May, 17:00 CET ONLINE via MS Teams
  • Tuesday, 25th June, 17:00 CET ONLINE via MS Teams

Virtual information session, with detailed insights into the Master’s programme. (Participation is free of charge)

For organisational reasons (access link to MS Teams) we ask for registration by mail: m.hierlaender[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

    1st Semester:

    • Attendance weeks: 16.09. – 05.10.2024
    • Online weekends: 08. – 09.11.2024, 17. – 18.01.2025

    2nd Semester:

    • Attendance weeks: 03.03. – 22.03.2025
    • Online weekends: 16. – 17.05.2025, 27. – 28.06.2025

    3rd Semester:

    • Attendance weeks: 03.11. – 22.11.2025
    • Online weekends: 19. – 20.09.2025, 17. – 18.10.2025, 16. – 17.01.2026

    4th Semester:

    • Attendance weeks: 22.06. – 04.07.2026
    • Online weekends: 27. – 28.02.2026, 20. – 21.03.2026, 10. – 11.04.2026, 24. – 25.04.2026, 29. – 23.05.2026

    The scientific director Michael Jungmeier (jungmeier[at]cuas[dot]at) has taken the overall responsibility for the scientific and pedagogic quality of the program. The administrative director Alexandra Liegl answers to all organizational matters. Program coordinator Melina Hierländer is the contact point for lecturers, applicants, participants and graduates (m.hierlaender[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at). She is supported by a network of regional contact points:

    • Andean region: Martin Schachner (bokuschoko@gmx.at)
    • Amazonian region: Erica de Oliveira Coutinho (erica.coutinho@icmbio.gov.br)
    • Balkan region: Ana Strbenac (ana.strbenac@stenella-consulting.hr)
    • Baltic region: Meldra Langenfelde (meldra.langenfelde@inbox.lv)
    • Caucasus region (Armenia, Georgia): Arpine Jenderedjian (arpine.jenderedjian@gmail.com)
    • Danube Carpathian region: Bohdan Prots (bohdan.prots@gmail.com)
    • East-Africa: Ayele Kebede Gebreyes (ayeleke@yahoo.com)
    • Himalaya-Hindukush-Region: Sunita Chaudhary (sntchaudhary@yahoo.com)
    • Russia and Central Asia (CIS, Azerbaidschan): Elena Smirnova (elenasmirnova84@gmail.com)
    • Scandinavian region: Åsa Svensson (asasvn@yahoo.com)
    • South-East Asia and Pacifics: Ludi Apin (apinludi@gmail.com)
    • South Asia: Muhammad Shariful Islam (jewelsharif@yahoo.com)

    The program Management of Conservation Areas is supported by three boards:

    • Scientific board (Chair: Prof. Franz Rauch, University of Klagenfurt)
    • Austrian experience Pool (Chair: Peter Rupitsch, National Park Hohe Tauern)
    • Institutional advisory board (Chair: Andrej Sovinc, Ph. D., IUCN WCPA Previous Regional Vice-Chair Europe)

    Please get in contact with the team any time. Please learn more about program, the team, our lecturers and trainers and members of the adivsiory board at our homepages: 
    www.fh-kaernten.at/wbz and https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12563286/

    Application

    Admission requirements:

    Applicants have to prove an excellent academic and professional record and hence shall have:

    • a completed relevant Bachelor's degree programme at a university of applied sciences with at least 180 ECTS credits, 
    • the completion of another relevant degree programme of at least the same level of higher education at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or 
    • a course of study defined in the curriculum of the higher education programme and 
    • several years of relevant professional experience,
    • a very good command of English
    • and a demonstrable interest in contributing professionally to the sector.

    The application procedure is based on submission of documents (a full CV, proof of the admission requirements, a letter of motivation and two reference letters) and a subsequent oral interview (MS Teams). Application interviews are conducted on an ongoing basis.

    International applicants:

    International applicants have to provide translated and legalized copies of their documents in German or English. More information can be found here:

    Advisory Boards

    The programme Management of Conservation Areas is being counselled by 3 different Advisory Boards. A continuous flow of information and exchange within this network provides the programme management with up-to-date knowledge and access to current trends and discourses in nature conservation.

    The Institutional Board of the MCA’s function is to give access to most recent developments, decisions and policies of relevant international institutions. Amongst others, members are representatives of the IUCN/WCPA, the Ramsar Convention, the Europarc Federation, the ALPARC Network, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Agence Française pour la Biodiversité, the KfW German Development Bank, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the FAOSEC (FAO) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT)

    The Scientific Board is securing the excellency of scientific methods and pedagogic approaches, as well as to give access to most recent concepts and theories, empiric work and research results. It consists of scientists and researchers from Europe’s centres of excellence in environmental studies and from most renowned Universities.

    The Austrian experience pool is an open forum that gives access to exemplary Austrian parks, best practice, show cases, model projects but also conflicts and problems that can be visited, discussed and analysed by the program´s participants. Possibilities for seminar works, master thesis and internships arise out of the fluent exchange.

    Statements

    Mag.iur. Hans-Christoph Vonihr

    Mag.iur. Hans-Christoph Vonihr

    During the lockdowns I have benefitted greatly from an intact nature and alpine region.

    Marta Korchemlyuk, Ph.D.

    Marta Korchemlyuk, Ph.D.

    I have had the pleasure to participate in the virtual information tour regarding this program and to speak to past alumni, and I have been very…

    Gudrun Bruckner, BSc

    Gudrun Bruckner, BSc

    Have you ever heard of Ikigai?

    Elisabeth Wiegele, BSc

    Elisabeth Wiegele, BSc

    Recognizing and appreciating the value of nature is the true art of living.

    Team

    FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Jungmeier
    Scientific director

    +43 (0)5 90500-4314
    m.jungmeier[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

    Europastraße 4
    9524 Villach

    Mag.a Alexandra Liegl 
    Head of CUAS Academy

    +43 5 90500 4311
    a.liegl[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

    Melina Hierländer, BA
    Course administrator CUAS Academy 

    +43 5 90500 4305
    m.hierlaender[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

    Hauptplatz 12
    9560 Feldkirchen

    Monika Auinger, MSc.
    Junior Researcher
    UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Managament of Conservation Areas

    +43 (0)5 90500-2145
    m.auinger@fh-kaernten.at 

    Europastraße 4
    9524 Villach