Technology and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics

The two-year postgraduate programme “Technology and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics” provides young German and foreign graduates with additional subject-related know-how deal- ing with appropriate technologies in the tropics and subtropics, as well as fundamental skills in resource management.

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DURATION:
24 months

Fachhochschule Köln

Location With almost 20,000 students in 10 faculties, the Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) is the largest institution of its kind in Germany. Due to its spectrum of research and wide range of high quality courses, Cologne University of Applied Sciences is a popular cooperation partner, maintaining numerous contacts with universities worldwide as well as with trade and industry. Cologne is a city of trade fairs and media, has international flair and offers a variety of cultural activities.
Course focus The two-year postgraduate programme “Technology and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics” provides young German and foreign graduates with additional subject-related know-how deal- ing with appropriate technologies in the tropics and subtropics, as well as fundamental skills in resource management.

The global food, water and energy crises force us to develop new strategies and means of managing natural resources. Therefore, experts with a wide range of knowledge to analyse complex human- environmental systems and develop appropriate solutions are in great demand. Tropical and subtropical regions typically face particular challenges due to pressures from population growth and economic development combined with highly vulnerable environments. The objective of the M.Sc. “Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics” (TERMA) is to provide the participants with the appropriate knowledge and skills to analyse current problems related to the usage and management of land, water and energy resources on various scales and develop adequate solutions towards sustainable development. To this end, the ITT emphasises a holistic approach, combining technological, economic and socio-political aspects of environmental and resources management.

Contents
Basic subject modules:
Natural Environment, Human Environment, Environmental and Resource Economics, Management, International Development and Cooperation, Research Methods, Methodological and Social Competencies, Students Team Project

Elective section:

  • Integrated water management: Hydrology and Water Resources Management; Watershed Management; Water Resources Quality; Water Supply and Demand Management; Water Policy and Legislation; Water Institutions; Urban Drainage, Sanitation and Public Health; Modelling of Hydrological Systems; Water System Analysis; Water Economics; Flood and Drought Risk Management; Dams, Channels and Hydropower
  • Land use management: Land Use and Environment, Land Use Systems, Global Change and Food Security, Resource Economics and Land Use Management, Soil and Water, Land Use and Water Resources, Sector Modelling and Environmental Policy, Ecosystem Management and Conservation Management
  • Urban and regional management: Urban Planning, Regional Planning, Urban and Regional Management, Planning Procedures, Methods and Tools, Integrated Planning: Resource and Energy Efficiency, Infrastructure and Services, Housing and Social Issues
  • Renewable energy management: Energy Resources and Energy Systems, Integrated Energy Planning, Energy Economics, Markets and Society, Wind and Water Energy Generating Systems, Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Systems, Biomass/Bioenergy Systems, Energy Efficiency and the Environment/LCA.

It is recommended that all students travel and become acquainted with a tropical or subtropical country in preparation for their Master’s thesis.

The ITT may arrange contact with a university or institution of international cooperation for in-country association. Students are often integrated in current research projects.

Graduates of the M.Sc. programme TERMA possess an in-depth knowledge of all relevant aspects of natural resources management with a focus on water, land and environment, energy or regional planning. They are familiar with interdisciplinary, solution-based, analytical skills and tools appropriate to meet the demands faced by employees at all levels in both the public and the private sectors. Graduates find employment in:

  • National and international governmental and non-governmental institutions
  • Utilities and consultancies
  • Universities and research institutions worldwide
Target group Scientists working in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, geosciences, agriculture, forestry, architecture or informatics who are interested in a position in the field of international cooperation as well as technology and resource management in the tropics and subtropics. In individual cases it is possible that graduates of other faculties can also be granted admission. The examination board of the ITT reserves the right to decide on such cases.
Course language English/German
Entry requirements
  • B.Sc. degree or equivalent in engineering, natural sciences, life science, geosciences, agriculture, forestry, architecture or informatics. In individual cases it is possible that graduates of other faculties can also be admitted. The examination board of the ITT reserves the right to decide on such cases.
  • At least two years of professional practice (only for DAAD scholar- ship applicants)
  • Certified proficiency in English – TOEFL (550 points), computer- based version (213 points), internet-based version (79–80 points); IELTS 6.0, GCSE Level C, or equivalent certificate
  • Applicants must submit a two-page letter explaining their study motivation and research interest (in English).
  • Foreign applicants not applying for a scholarship must have German language skills at level B1 (we recommend B2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for inscription.
  • It is highly recommended for applicants of a DAAD scholarship to show basic German language knowledge (A1/A2 level)
  • Chinese applicants are required to submit an APS-Certificate
Degree Awarded Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Course Begins End of September every year
Course Duration 24 months
Duration of German language course prior to beginning of programme 4 months (for students awarded a DAAD-scholarship)
Remarks
  • A preliminary German course for DAAD scholarship holders begins in June.
  • All foreign students must have passed the DSH exam by the begin- ning of the second semester to continue studying.
  • A field research of three to five months forms part of the Master’s thesis.
  • Applications must be submitted in English.
  • A list of all application documents required in addition to the official DAAD application form is available on the institute’s website: www.tt.fh-koeln.de.
  • ITT will assist in finding accommodation in Cologne.
  • Accommodation for students’ families cannot be arranged.
ITT – Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics
Dipl. Ing. Silke Meilwes (Programme Coordinator)
Dipl. Geoökol. Jörn Trappe (Programme Coordinator)
Betzdorfer Straße 2
D-50679 Köln
Phone: +49 (0)221 / 8275-2774
Fax: +49 (0)221 / 8275-2736