Biotechnology – the third joint specialty

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In February 2019 a new specialty of biotechnology is scheduled to open at the field of study of environmental engineering. It is a new educational offer jointly provided by the University of Warmia and Mazury and Offenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

The course of the Biotechnology – the third joint specialtystudies will last three semesters, with English as the language of instruction. The students will complete the first semester at the University of Warmia and Mazury, the second at Offenburg University. For the final semester, they will be able to choose between the two universities taking part in the project, or any biotechnology company or a research institute. The graduates will obtain a dual master’s degree title and diplomas from both universities. The Faculty of Environmental Sciences has begun enrolment.

- We open this specialty at the initiative of our German partners. It follows from the needs of the modern economy; it gives increasing priority to recycling and does not produce waste, as anything can become a material for further processing – explains Dr. Habilit. Eng. Agnieszka Cydzik-Kwiatkowska., who is in charge of the new specialty.

The biotechnology studies will focus on the applications of biotechnology in engineering and environmental protection, food production, as well as bioeconomy, including recycling of bioproducts and energy from waste.

The students will also acquire knowledge of microbiology, including the basics of biotechnological processes in environmental engineering and the transfer of biotechnology from the laboratory to the technical scale. They will also have an opportunity to develop soft skills and creative reasoning. They will discover trends, perspectives and limitations (including ethical) of a biotechnology-based economy.

The graduates will be prepared to work with the modern biotechnologies of engineering and environmental protection, food and bioenergy production.

Everyone who studies biotechnology abroad will receive an Erasmus grant; on top of that, the best of the UWM students will receive a scholarship from the Maria and Georg Dietrich Foundation of Offenburg. The founder of the institution was also one of the founding fathers of joint education at the UWM and Offenburg University.

- Our experience shows that the dual diploma from the UWM and the University of Applied Sciences opens up wider opportunities for our graduates – said Dr. Habilit. Eng. Agnieszka Cydzik-Kwiatkowska.

The biotechnology to be opened in February is already the third joint specialty provided by the UWM and the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences. The first was environmental protection engineering, also at the Faculty of Environmental Science, the second was food production engineering at the Faculty of Food Sciences.

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