Mar 25, 2008
Developed by the International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University of Sweden (IIIEE), the Young Masters Program focuses on teaching sustainable development and preventive strategies to deal with environmental problems. It is an interactive distance education course utilizing the Internet to connect students, teachers and tutors in different parts of the world, encouraging them to get involved in activities outside the classroom where students can use their knowledge to protect their local environment.
The YMPiC is a joint venture between the IIIEE and the Centre for Environmental Education and Communications (CEEC) of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) who have agreed to a collaboration involving the National Green Schools Program in China. Since its introduction in 2003, the YMPiC has reached more than 2500 teachers and students from 24 provinces in China.
Students involved in YMPiC will initially study the courses via Internet and on DVDs, but the ultimate objective is to encourage them to focus on solving an environmental issue in their own neighborhood. Seagate’s hard disc drives will be used to improve the teaching and IT infrastructure in the schools as well as to document and record the environmental initiatives undertaken by the students. When completed, the students will submit a research report for evaluation by CEEC and IIIEE.
“Protecting the environment is vital if China is to have a sustainable future. Ultimately it is young people who will be the custodians of the natural environment, so it is important they learn about green issues and conservation from an early age,” Jiao Zhiyan, director of the CEEC said. “We appreciate Seagate’s sponsorship of this important educational program.”
BanSeng Teh, Seagate vice president and managing director of Asia Pacific, commented, “Seagate is proud to assist with the environmental education of young people in China. It is only through harnessing the creativity and ingenuity of young people that we will find answers to the environmental problems of our generation. That’s why it is important that students embrace the call for a greener China and use what they learn in their local areas to bring about a better tomorrow.”
Established in 1996, the Center for Environmental Protection Education and Communications (CEEC) of State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) specializes in environmental education and training. The CEEC has extensive partnerships with environmental protection organizations, research institutions, colleges and universities both in China and internationally. It has planned and implemented numerous environmental projects. The CEEC has also established a national network for environmental promotion and education.
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