December 18, 2011
The second edition of the MEG newsletter for 2011 has been released, packed full of the latest news, interesting articles, amazing pictures, and a new imagining of the MEG comic strip. To read the newsletter please click here. To see a collection of previous MEG newsletters, please click here.
December 18, 2011
A group of MEG 6 students have combined their sense of civic mindedness with an entrepreneurial spirit by donating blood at the Freiburg UniKlinik, and then donating the small cash payment they received for their donation to the MEG 6 Student Organised Event (SOE), also known as the Freiburg Forum on Environmental Governance 2012. By giving up a small amount of their time (and blood) the students were able to help save the lives of many people, and raise much needed funds for the SOE at the same time. Donating blood is particularly important during the winter months when hospital blood stocks are usually low. To see some pictures of the blood donation please click here. A second fundraising event for the SOE will occur on Tuesday, 20 December, in the form of a Christmas Beach Party at the University's Forest Cafe. All are welcome to attend.
December 18, 2011
The Thesis section of this webpage has been updated to include a list of possible thesis topics offered by MEG lecturers and external sponsors. To see this list please click here. This list may be of particular reference to those MEG 6 students who are currently attempting to define a research question for their thesis. To see an overview of general requirements about the Master thesis, please click here.
December 10, 2011
Yes, a MEGgie did it again! Melani Pelaez, a MEG 6 student from Ecuador, was awarded the DAAD prize for Excellent Achievement of International Students, becoming the second MEG student in two years to win the award. This prize is awarded once a year to an international student who not only demonstrates excellent academic achievement, but is also exemplary in his/her commitment to society and intercultural activities. It is open to all international students from Freiburg University. To read more and see pictures of the award ceremony, please click here.
December 9, 2011
The MEG program has been accredited by the German Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute, ACQUIN, since 2006. Accreditation serves to ensure a high quality of study programs, market transparency, and the attractiveness of programs for foreign students. After five years, study programs have to undergo a re-accreditation process. At the beginning of 2011, the Faculty handed in a Self-Assessment Report of some 400 pages, which was evaluated by ACQUIN and a panel of external reviewers. In early July, the group of reviewers visited the Faculty and held meetings with students, faculty members, and the rectorate. In their evaluation report, the reviewers gave high praise to our study program, and in September, the MEG was awarded the ACQUIN quality seal again.
December 2, 2011
MEG and FEM graduates recently had the opportunity to attend a one-day group career coaching workshop. This was the first time such a workshop had been offered by the university for MEG and FEM students. The students, who had all recently graduated, or where soon to do so, were given the chance to explore their professional strengths and competencies from various angles under the guidance of an experienced career coach. The participants used a "career mosaic" technique to work out what really mattered to them in terms of future career options. The students were all very satisfied with the results of the workshop and left feeling much more confident about tackling the next steps in commencing their careers. To see pictures of the workshop please click here.
November 11, 2011
On 11 November 2011, the graduating students of the MEG, FEM and REM programmes celebrated their graduation party together at the Peterhofkeller. The event commenced with a champagne reception, followed by speeches from professors, students and the presentation of graduation certificates. Guests were also treated to musical performances and other displays of skill by current students, before the formal part of the evening concluded and graduation party celebrations began. To read more and see pictures please click here.
November 10, 2011
Congratulations are in order for Robert Gundlach and Aura Villanueva, who, after much careful deliberation, have been elected as the MEG 7 student representatives by the students of the new generation. The new student representatives will have various roles and responsibilities, including sitting on the MEG Program Committee.
November 10, 2011
The students of the 7th MEG generation have commenced their studies in Freiburg. As with previous MEG generations, the new students are a very diverse bunch. They are a group of 23 students coming from 18 different countries, and many different academic and professional backgrounds. All those involved in the MEG programme wish them a successful start to their studies and the best of luck in settling into life in Freiburg. To learn more about the new students, please click here.
October 6, 2011
The new Winter Semester 2011/2012 schedule for first and third semester students has been posted on the MEG website. Please click here to view the schedule.
September 26, 2011
The M.Sc.-Thesis page of the MEG website has been updated to include a new link to a source of possible grants for thesis work. Please click here to visit the M.Sc.-Thesis page.
September 20, 2011
The website for the 2012 edition of the Freiburg Forum on Environmental Governance has been launched. Entitled, "Setting the Stage for Sustainable Consumption," the Forum will contain various innovative elements including scientific theatre combined with key note speakers, documentary film and sustainable living experiments, with the aim of fostering discussion and debate on the topic of sustainable consumption. The Forum, which will also comprise the MEG 6 Student Organised Event, will be held in early 2012. To learn more about the 2012 Forum, and keep up to date with the latest developments, please click here to visit the Forum website.
August 21, 2011
Some hardy MEG 6 students recently participated in a self-organised sustainable living experiment in Freiburg. The aim was to live for a month with the smallest ecological footprint possible. During the experiment the students followed many severe self-imposed rules designed to limit their resource and energy use, including eating only locally produced food, becoming vegetarian and denying themselves hot water whilst showering. They even went so far as to build a solar-powered oven (pictured right) to use at barbeques instead of a traditional coal-fired grill. The students’ purpose was to assess just how much of a challenge it is to transition to a more ecologically sustainable way of living in Freiburg. Parts of the experiment were recorded to create a documentary film, which will be screened at the 2012 Freiburg Forum on Environmental Governance. To read more about the students’ experiences on their blog-site please click here.
August 3, 2011
The MEG 6 generation are now spread throughout all parts of the globe and in many different organisations for their MEG internship programs. The internships, which are essential components of the MEG course, currently see the students gaining practical experience of environmental governance in locations as far-flung from Freiburg as Costa Rica, Uganda, Samoa and almost everywhere in between. We wish the students every success and the best of luck in their endeavours.
July 29, 2011
During the week of 18 to 22 July 2011, the MEG 6 students joined their colleagues in the FEM Program for a week of excursions as part of the joint Ecosystem Management module. The students were divided into three groups and sent off on separate excursions to explore the management of different ecosystems in the Bohemian-Bavarian National Park, Biosphere Reserve Rhön and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region. During the excursions, the students were given the opportunity to assess whether the theoretical elements of the Ecosystem Management Approach, which they had been learning about in class, were applicable in practice. This was done through first-hand observation and meetings with stakeholders. To read more about the excursions and see pictures, please click here.
July 25, 2011
The MEG website Alumni Section has recently been updated. The new content is relevant to prospective and current students, and to alumni. It includes, amongst other things, alumni profiles, a survey of what former MEG students are doing now, and information about how current students and alumni can keep in touch. To explore this section of the website please click here, or on the Alumni tab above.
July 20, 2011
From 8 to 9 July 2011, the MEG 6 class travelled to a secluded part of the Black Forest behind Hinterzarten to conduct a series of workshops in preparation for next year’s Student Organised Event (SOE). The workshops were held at the University's historic forest hut known as Mathisle Mühle. The 18th century hut provided the perfect setting for the students to present their ideas for the SOE to a critical jury, receive feedback and to focus on the next steps required to bring the SOE to fruition. The weekend was capped off with another wonderful international dinner prepared by the MEG students. To read more about the students’ experiences at the Mathisle Mühle, the current planning for the SOE and to see pictures, please click here.
June 5, 2011
In what will hopefully become an annual event, the MEG and FEM students made the most of the public holiday and sunshine on 25 April 2011 to organise the inaugural MEG vs FEM cricket match at the scenic Seepark. The cricket match was one example of the many incultural and extracurricular activities enjoyed by students of the international masters programs at the University of Freiburg. The match was certainly a learning experience, with many of the participants having never heard of the game of cricket before, let alone having played it. Nonetheless, all involved had a wonderful time, with the swashbuckling MEG team unfortunately going down narrowly to the more cautious and experienced FEMs. To see pictures and read a match report written by the victorious FEM captain, Pete Sheldon, please click here.
May 17, 2011
The application round for the winter semester 2011/2012 is now closed. The deadline for applications for the winter semester 2012/2013 is May 15, 2012.
If you are interested in the MEG Program, you can browse the "students" section on this website, where you will find information about the course and the application process. You can also explore the MEG Program through the interactive, multi-media Online Self Assessment tool. Click here to learn more and try it out!
Students who wish to apply for the DAAD scholarship for young professionals from developing countries for the winter semester 2012/2013, should note that the deadline for applications is October 15, 2011. For more information on the application procedure and scholarship requirements, check out our scholarship section.
March 3, 2011
The 2011 Freiburg Forum on Environmental Governance, entitled “Inspiring Change Towards a Green Economy,” was held over two days on Friday, 25 February and Saturday, 26 February. The event, which was the culmination of the MEG 5 Student Organised Event module, went off without a hitch, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees. The forum opened with a day of key note speeches and case study presentations from renowned figures in the green economy field, which were topped off with an engaging panel discussion. The second day involved a series of workshops throughout Freiburg, which aimed to provide a more practical understanding of how change towards a green economy can be brought about within society. To read more and see pictures please click here, or to be redirected to the Forum's webpage please click here.
2 March, 2011
The latest edition of the MEG newsletter is now available. Click here for all the latest news of the MEG Program, a selection of interesting articles, and another instalment of the MEG comic.
Past editions of the newsletter can be found in the Newsletter section.
February 20, 2011
Between 14 and 16 February 2011, the lucky MEG 6 class grasped the opportunity to walk the corridors of power at the United Nations in Geneva. The trip, which was provided courtesy of the MEG Program, took in visits to the Palais des Nations to hear talks from organisations such as UNEP, UNCTAD, and the WTO, and also to neighbouring Gland to hear from the IUCN and WWF. The excursion was a real eye opener for the MEG students. It provided many opportunities for thought provoking and meaty discussions with some of the powerbrokers of international environmental governance, and also excellent opportunities to network. To read more and see pictures please click here.
January 17, 2011
The 2011 Freiburg Forum on Environmental Goverance will be held on 25 and 26 February 2011, at the University of Freiburg. This year's topic is "Inspiring Change Towards a Green Economy." The annual event, which has been wholly organised by the MEG 5 students as part of their study program, is the 4th edition in a series of Environmental Governance Forums organised by the MEG students. This year's edition of the Forum is much anticipated and will include high-profile speakers, case studies, a panel discussion, and workshops, and will maximize opportunities for participation and for sharing real-world experiences. Please click here to view the Forum homepage.
The MEG news from last year has now been moved. Use the panel at the top of the page or click here to enter the 2010 section.