Nobel Peace Prize and MESPOM

The Nobel Peace Prize of 2007 has been awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. "for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".

MESPOM-CEU e-learning platform

The CEU Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and MESPOM have established a joint e-learning platform using the Moodle course management system.

We are not Mountains

As Leyla and I bid farewell to Leo and Karen early this morning, the mood was nowhere near as heavy as I would have expected. Her final words before she got onto that harbinger of dorm goodbyes, the airport minibus, were the following pearls:

“We are not mountains; humans meet.”

Even as I basked inwardly in the dawn-lit glow of the wisdom of the ancients, coming from a mouth that often spouted it - punctuating many other things – I knew I would write this entry.

Environment and Security in Eastern Europe

A report on environment and security in Eastern Europe was launched on May 21st, 2007 at the OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Prague. What does it have to do with MESPOM? Well, as the lead author I had to apportion my time between this exciting work and equally exciting MESPOM coordination for the last year. Others from the MESPOM community - Ruben and Alexious from CEU as well as Mykhaylo (a MESPOM Scholar 2006) - were involved as well as five CEU alumni and two IIIEE alumni.

MESPOM Graduation 2007

The first MESPOM students graduated. The journey which started in September 2005 in Budapest has come to an end 20 months later.


Google Apps Education Edition for MESPOM

Google approved licensing Google Apps Education Edition to MESPOM. In particular, this means e-mail addresses will be available for the members of the MESPOM community. Read more about a set of case-studies about Google Apps at different universities.

MESPOM receives an Erasmus Mundus Action 3 grant

The MESPOM Consortium has received an Erasmus Mundus Action 3 grant from the European Commission.

MESPOM is registered by the New York State Board of Regents

The Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department/New York State University has registered MESPOM as a Master of Science (M.S.) programme. The registration was initiated by CEU and involved a thorough review of the MESPOM programme including seeking opinion of independent academics from the USA. The MESPOM Programme is now formally recognized not only in the UK, Sweden and Greece, but also in the United States.

My Experience in Malaysia - Part 1

For those who are curious about Borneo and its incredibly rich biodiversity or eager to know more about the ‘Dayaks’ of Sarawak, or are interested in understanding better what are the benefits and risks of biodiesel development and palm oil plantations expansion in this part of the world, I invite you to take a tour through the five weeks I spent in this amazing region doing the fieldwork for my thesis on “the Effects of Biodiesel in Producer Developing Countries”.

WEEK 1 : Interviews in KL - Understanding the National Perspective