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A Multiinstitutional Spanish Master's Program in Ecosystem Restoration: Vision and Four-Year Experience

By José M. Rey Benayas, Adrián Escudero Alcántara, José Francisco Martín Duque, José Manuel Nicolau Ibarra, Pedro Villar Salvador, Diego García de Jalón and Luis Balaguer

Abstract

Since 2006, an innovative, multiinstitutional Spanish Master in Ecosystem Restoration (MER) is jointly offered by four major public universities in Madrid. In view of the high student demand-about 900 applications this academic year for only 30 places, a remarkable 75% rate of professional poststudy employment in a period of economic crisis, and the high number (> 40) of prestigious organizations involved in the program, we consider the MER program, although still young, to be very promising for the long term. We explain the process to create the MER and achieve the results obtained thus far. We describe its organization, report its vital statistics in terms of students, and identify some strengths and weaknesses observed to date. The MER program has evolved as a network of knowledge and experience that links universities, lecturers, researchers, students, private and public companies, NGOs, and administration centers. Our aim is to help other groups that may want to launch similar graduate•level ecological restoration degree programs

Topics: Enseñanza universitaria
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:www.ucm.es:20520
Provided by: EPrints Complutense

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