From PPGETA to PPGCA

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The Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences, formerly known as Graduate Program in Ecology and Environmental Technology grouped members of the academic staff from UNIFAL-MG interested in generating knowledge in the environmental field, both from a basic and an applied perspective, always focusing on a long-term approach to the solution of environmental problems caused by human activities. The implementation of the Program optimized the use of available resources and facilities in order to foster teaching, research, and qualification of personell working in the environmental sector, always from perspective above. The proposal of the graduate course in Ecology and Environmental Technology was based on the principle of cooperation and integration among the biological, geographical and biotechnological fields.

Course interdisciplinarity was explicit in the syllabus and proposed research lines, in which the integration of basic and applied areas can be observed. The integration and exchange of knowledge among these areas are considered essential since they make possible fast and efficient solutions to problems found in the daily practice, as well as they promote the development of professionals able to generate and apply knowledge. With the expansion of undergraduate courses in Biological Sciences, Geography, Biotechnology, and, more recently, Environmental Engineering, besides the implementation of a distance learning course of Biological Sciences Course , there was an increase of human resources and  infrastructure involved with environmental issues. From this background, in the beginning of 2008, a natural process of studies aimed at the creation of a graduate course in Ecology and Environment emerged, which was followed by regular monitoring comissions until 2013. In 2013, after the first triennial assessment of the PPGETA Program, an Upgrading Committee was set up in order to improve the program along the lines of the assessment report. Thus, in 2014, the upgrading proposal was launched, aiming at: changing the name of the program to Environmental Sciences; upgrading the syllabus in order to make the program more attractive to future students from different areas; promoting greater interdisciplinarity with the accreditation of new members, creating a critical mass in search of solutions for environmental problems.