On 15 March 2011, the United Nations University and the Dresden University of Technology (TUD) held a meeting to explore ways of cooperation in research and teaching for the soon-to-be-established UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES). This meeting, a follow up to the first UNU-FLORES scoping workshop held in November 2010, sought to:
The research topics listed during the scoping workshop were found to be in line with the proposed structure of the Institute, which will consist of five departments: Systems and Flux Analysis, Global Change, Water Management, Soil and Land-Use Management, and Waste Management and Contaminated Sites.
Responsibilites of research departments for overarching topics and the research topics to be covered by the UNU-FLORES Twin Institute component in Mozambique will be further discussed at a third scoping workshop to take place in Maputo, Mozambique, later this year.
Workshop participants reached a common understanding that all proposed UNU-FLORES research departments should focus jointly on research and teaching in accordance with Humboldt’s Principle (of research-based education).
The M.Sc. course at TUD on “Hydro Science and Engineering” was identified as a possible starting point for a joint degree programme, with about 70 per cent of the offered modules being suitable for a joint Masters programme with UNU-FLORES. Additionally, the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) were identified as potential cooperation partners. Beyond the joint Masters programme, a joint Ph.D. programme eventually will be developed between UNU-FLORES and TUD.
Since the first scoping workshop, significant progress has been achieved. The most important milestones are:
For more information about UNU-FLORES, see the following pages on the UNU Vice-Rectorate in Europe website: