In 2012 the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Institute for Capacity Development, in collaboration with the UNIDO Environmental Management Branch (EMB) and the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary organized its first Summer Course “Green Industry: Moving Towards the Industry of the Future”.
The course provided participants with the opportunity to learn first-hand from UNIDO experts, senior policymakers and internationally renowned scholars about strategies and pathways to Green Industry. We received 178 applications from over 50 countries. More than 100 candidates were accepted for the online part of the course. Based on their performance in the e-learning module, 25 participants from 22 countries were selected for the in-residence part of the course. The group consisted of a well balanced mix of young professionals and researchers from developing and developed countries.
The course consisted of a four-week e-learning module and a two-week in-residence training. During the e-learning component of the course, participants produced over 1,300 original postings in discussion forums and were required to read various papers and publications. Over 80 participants submitted a case study on a selected Green Industry topic and passed the online test. The most successful candidates were then invited for the two week in-residence course in Budapest. Participants attended 26 lectures, which were delivered by senior UNIDO staff and invited lecturers that involved interactive scenario simulations and webinars. They listened to high-level policymakers, participated in debates with NGO representatives and visited a former industrial complex and Green SMEs.
Participants worked in small groups on case studies where they developed scenarios, wrote papers and presented their findings on greening specific industries and sectors. As the course is a part of the internationally established CEU Summer University, the course took place alongside with several other courses, allowing participants to interact with other students and to attend public lectures.
For more information on the online course, follow this link.
For more information on the in-residence course, follow this link.
For a complete list of course alumni, follow this link.