New green degree at the U of C

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The University of Calgary is set to launch a new masters of science in sustainable energy development in winter 2009.

Previously offered in Ecuador, this program was oriented towards to the engineering aspect of sustainability. However, once implemented at the U of C, this masters program will be the first multi-disciplinary program encompassing not only engineering, but law, environmental design, business as well as graduate studies of all disciplines.

"We are repatriating this program to suit a multitude of facilities," said Haskayne School of Business interim dean Dr. Vern Jones. "We are very pleased to support the program's implementation."

The move was due to the considerable interest and demand by the province. Hence through the partnership of the Latin American Energy Organization, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the U of C, this exciting program was brought to Calgary and headed by director for the Center of International Management Julie Rowney.

"This is one of the more ground-breaking types of programs that we can get into," says Rowney. "It encompasses not only science and technology but also social, political and economic aspects of sustainability."

This sentiment was furthered by U of C chancellor Joanne Cuthbertson.

"The question about sustainability is one that is very much on the minds of young people," said Cuthbertson. "And putting that together with the need for energy--which is unquestionable--we have to look at how we provide people the energy they require."

Sustainable energy development alumnus Omar Hurtado explained the relevance and importance of this program is not only local, but also international, as it will offer expertise to students beyond Alberta.

"The program brings a broad picture to the issue of sustainability," said Hurtado. "Especially as we strive to resolve global sustainability challenges."

Accordingly, Cuthbertson said individuals at the university who desire a broader perspective the whole area of energy, the environment, and sustainability will have the opportunity to not only work with students who have previously completed this program, but also meet international students that will attend the university to take advantage of this program.