Summer Course Green Industry 2012 – In-residence course

 

The in-residence module took place at the Central European University campus in Budapest, Hungary over two weeks in June/July 2012. During 37 sessions participants attended lectures, interactive exercises, discussion forums, group work sessions, webinars and a study tour to the Industrial Park NITROKEMIA. As part of the CEU Summer University, the programme was accompanied by public lectures and several social events.

Lecturers and guest speakers

mugeThe course provided participants with a comprehensive overview of UNIDO’s longstanding expertise in different fields related to Green Industry. Senior Staff and Directors from UNIDO’s Environmental Management, Energy and Climate Change, Montreal Protocol and Trade Capacity Building Branches were acting as lecturers. Maximizing the usage of in-house expertise, the summer course made full use of the experience and technical knowledge of UNIDO staff, who through their delivery of technical cooperation projects, policy advice, research and field operations have amassed a wealth of expertise and knowledge in their specialized areas.

Other speakers included high-level policy makers such as the Hungarian State Secretary for the Environment, H.E. Dr. Zoltan Illes who convened a round table discussion by NGO representatives as well as Professors from CEU, Lund University, Sweden and the Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences, FHNW. Two lectures were given in the form of webinars, sessions delivered via internet by lecturers from abroad.

Group work and presentations

presentationsDuring the course, participants were presented with concrete Green Industry scenarios in interactive simulations and exercises. In small groups they developed practical solutions and policy advice to problems such as the development of a green industry sectoral strategy for the cement industry in China and the tanning industry in Ethiopia. At the end of the course groups summarized their findings in a paper (click here for an example) and presented it to the class while getting further feedback from UNIDO experts.

Field trip and activities

fieldtripA one-day field trip took participants to the former industrial complex NITROKEMIA. The Hungarian State Secretary for the Environment recounted of the government’s decontamination efforts and two SMEs located on the site introduced their genuine approaches to Green Industry. The visit to a former underground power plant, a historical town and nearby Lake Balaton completed the programme.

Public lectures and social events

fieldtripdinnerSince the course was organized as part of the internationally established CEU Summer University, it took place alongside other courses organized under the same framework. The Summer University gathers every year over 400 young people from more than 94 countries. Its partners include, among others, the Open Society Institute, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank and the European Commission. Participants from the UNIDO course therefore had the opportunity to interact with participants from other courses and to attend public lectures on issues such as the Arab Spring, Business Networks and Human Rights.

The opening reception, a boat trip to nearby historic town of Szentendre, a visit to the State Opera and a closing dinner provided welcome opportunities to get to know one another better and to explore the city.

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