The creation of the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Science program was prompted by Central Asia’s need for environmental experts and AUCA’s mission to support the region’s transition to a development path that balances social, economic and environmental interests. This program perfectly fits the university’s mission of training enlightened and impassioned leaders, who think globally and act this out locally in the specific conditions of Central Asia.
The aim is to train responsible managers who master the tools of sustainable development and who also have a thorough understanding of environmental issues such as climate change, disappearing glaciers, water scarcity, and reductions in the predictability of rain and crops, and the loss of wildlife. This program focuses on developing country issues, and applicable to environmental studies worldwide, and draws on natural resource institutes such as USA and developed country universities and other leading global organizations’ unrivalled pool of expertise in issues of sustainable development, climate and other environmental change, environmental management, environmental data collection and analysis.
Goal 1: To prepare communicative and responsible citizens of the world who are able to work in their chosen field of activity, possess universal competencies contributing to their social mobility and sustainability in the labour market, who are willing to work in a team and adapt
to different working conditions for the benefit of environmental objectives.
Goal 2: To train practitioners in environmental management who have the technical and scientific concepts and tools related to the operational management of sustainable development.
Goal 3: Training of environmental experts capable of supporting the Central Asian regions transition to a development path that balances social, economic and environmental interests.
Learning outcome 1: To possess communication skills in foreign languages at the level of business communication that allows working with international projects;
Learning outcome 2: To be able to apply theoretical and practical knowledge to solve environmental problems;
Learning outcome 3: To apply the necessary modern IT technologies to solve problems in practice;
Learning outcome 4: To conduct research, collect and interpret data, and draw conclusions;
Learning outcome 5: To be able to work effectively individually, as a member of a team on interdisciplinary topics, as well as to lead a team.