Program of Natural Resources And Environmental Management
Rational of the programme
Environment pollution and natural resources mismanagement have greatest burden especially in the developing countries. This therefore calls for the need to prevent and reduce the rate of environment and natural resources degradation by improving physical, chemical, biological, cultural and social environmental conditions in our country. This is the reason why natural resources and environmental management is one of the priority areas of the government expenditure. In line with this, the government of Rwanda under the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has established a certain number of regulations for a sustainable use and management of the environment. Beside this public agency, there is also the Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) that deals with the implementation of these regulations for improving environment and natural resources management strategies.
However, the main challenge identified here is to find people with knowledge and skills for ensuring an environmental sustainability. The shortage of trained graduates in management of natural resources and environment is one of the key reasons of the degradation of the environment in most of developing countries such as Rwanda. Therefore the programme intends to produce specialists in natural resources and environmental management who will be able to integrate theory and practice in critically assessing, analyzing and managing environment and natural resources of the individual and the community. The natural resources and environmental management graduate will acquire the necessary knowledge, and skills through lectures, tutorials, group discussion, practical, research and field works.
Overall aim of this programme is
To produce highly competent professionals in the field of natural resources and environmental management able to find solutions to problems in the area of policy-making and operational decision making on the subject of preserving the environment and sustainable development.
Program Exit profiles:
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be expert in analysing physical, economic and social as well as policy elements of environment and natural resources. Graduates may work with government or non-governmental organisation in areas of land use and forestry system, water resources management, landscapes, energy saving and sustainability, as well in areas of ecology sustainability. Likewise, graduate shall be advisors of policy makers of natural resources and environmental management and other environment related domains.
The programme is taught within 3 years. At the beginning of the programme students are equipped by different generalities and theoretical courses related to Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Then during the remaining years teachings are focused more on practices and specific courses. More attention is given to professional practicum (organizing different field works, seminars, study trips, and so on). More specifically, in the last year students have an internship of two months (20 credits) and present a research paper (memoir).
The programme should be attended by students who completed successfully secondary school level, preferably in the following combinations: -Physics- Chemistry and Maths, -Biology and chemistry, Human sciences, Teaching Training Course-integrated science, Agriculture, and Animal husbandry, and History, Economics and Geography, Economics and Geography. Also guidelines set by HEC on admission are considered.
Programme Title: Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM)