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University of Education Freiburg
The University of Education in Freiburg (Germany) was founded in 1962 and gained university status in 1971. With approximately 4,500 students, it is the largest of six Universities of Education in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. The University of Education specializes in teacher training for primary and lower secondary school teachers leading to the German State Examination for teachers. A variety of Bachelor and Master courses is also available. These include a blended learning Masters degree in Early Foreign Language Learning (E-Lingo), a Masters degree in Bilingual Teaching and Learning (Europalehramt), and in Teaching German as a Foreign Language. Suitably qualified students may study for doctoral and postdoctoral degrees. An increasingly important aspect in the future development of Freiburg University of Education is its strong commitment to teaching, learning, and research in a European and international context.
Institute of Geography, University of Education Freiburg
As the only institute related to Earth Sciences, the Institute of Geography is a part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. For many years University of Education has taken a leading position as an institution of higher education and research in education for sustainable participation in the Earth/human system. The University of Education, being an institution for teachers’ education and educational research, can refer to a grown knowledge potential since its establishment in 1971. Its triad of education in science, didactics and research in all educational areas is unique in Germany’s educational landscape. The Institute of Geography currently has two professorships, two academic staff members, some PhD Students as well as several student research assistants. More than 500 students are currently studying Geography as a major or minor subject. Due to its major significance for the future the subject’s popularity has increased significantly over the recent years. Our research covers a wide range of questions which are related to development, empirical evaluation and conceptional studies in the context of teaching and learning Earth Sciences. Subject related projects in different regional contexts provide a substantial element of the activities of the Institute. Climate and land use change, migration within developing south Asian countries and coastal geomorphology are only some examples of our research work. There are various links to other national and international institutions of higher education.
University of Rajshahi
University of Rajshahi (RU) in Bangladesh was established as an autonomous body of higher learning and research in 1953. It includes a wide range of subjects under several faculties, of which the Faculty of Life and Earth Sciences has been playing important role in understanding the problems relating to land and natural environment, climate and climate change, biodiversity, ecology and biology towards a sustainable development of the country as well as dissemination of knowledge through various levels of degrees viz. Diploma, Graduation with Honours, Masters, M.Phil and Ph.D. It maintains academic links with institutions and universities inside the country and across the world which is continuously expanding under mutual collaboration for the advancement of scientific knowledge and developing international relations.
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Rajshahi University
The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies is one of the oldest departments in Rajshahi University. At present the teaching staff of this department consists of 23 teachers, of which 10 are professors, the total number of students is around 400. The department, which is well equipped in respect of technical equipments and staff, is now placed under the Faculty of Life and Earth Science.
Besides meeting the needs of the general students regarding library facilities, practical and fieldwork, the department has an adequate facility for advanced research work. There is a good stock of maps, drawing and drafting equipments and cartographic apparatus. The laboratories of the department were not developed at the beginning but remarkable progress has been made in this regard during the last two decades. Now the department has physical, drawing, and topographic and GIS laboratories.
The establishment of an environmental laboratory could not be possible due to paucity of fund although few instruments and kits are there for environmental analysis. The department has a computerized weather monitor and a weather station has been designed. Furthermore a well-equipped GIS laboratory exists.
The teachers of this department are actively engaged in research activities in different areas of the discipline including GIS and Remote Sensing. A good number of teachers have also received training in GIS and Remote Sensing from abroad. Senior teachers of the department are supervising a good number of M.Phil and Ph.D. fellows of the department and various Institutes of the University. The department organizes seminars, conferences and workshops at regular basis. The department edits its own annual Journal named "The Journal of Geo-Environment", ISSN 1682-1998. All the members of the department are working hard to meet the challenge of higher education in the country in the new millennium.
Institute of Environmental Science (IES), Rajshahi University
The Institute of Environmental Science (IES) was established in 1999 as one of the academic seats of higher research within the University of Rajshahi. It is also the sole institute of its kind in Bangladesh as well. The institute maintains its aim to promote research in environmental science and environmental studies, produce experts in environmental science and develop awareness in protecting environment with its goal to contribute in national development to tackle the challenge of global climate change as country’s number one threat in the new millennium. The institute offers regular programs of M.Phil. and Ph. D. level and includes research areas and themes under all science, social science and business science disciplines relating to environment. Some of the focused areas include environmental change and its impact on social structure, climate change and poverty issues, environmental policy aspects, environmental issues and economic mitigation, climatology, climate change and sea-level rise, water quality, environmental impact assessment (EIA), environmental pollution and control, environmental microbiology, soil erosion, land use change and land degradation, biodiversity, urban environmental issues and policies, disaster and disaster risk management, industrial pollution control, agricultural pollution, paste management, waste management, GIS and remote sensing application etc.