About the IMAT Program

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IMAT is a dual-degree program managed jointly by UP the Institute of Applied Material Flow Management (IFaS), an innovative research institute of the Trier University of Applied Sciences (Germany). Students will spend their first year studying at UPthe second year at the Zero-Emission Campus Birkenfeld in Germany.

The program offers integrated knowledge in engineering, economics, law natural,social sciences. In addition to the learning goals of the Sustainability Science division, IMAT offers multidisciplinary courses to prepare students to become young professionals in zero emission systems design with profound knowledge in renewable energy, integrated water resource management,other sustainable community development areas. Students will also have the opportunity to conduct field workinternships in both BrazilGermany. IMAT students will submit one master’s thesis to both UP in BrazilIfaS in Germany. Upon completion of the program, students receive two master’s degrees, a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Environmental Management (from UP)a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in International Material Flow Management (from Trier University of Applied Sciences).

A noteworthy aspect of this approach is that IMAT-M.Eng. is offered toopen to all potential students notwithstanding their non-natural-science-based baccalaureates—such as economics, social & political sciences, etc.


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The Graduate Program in Environmental Management (PPGAMB) of Universidade Positivothe IMAT Program of the Trier University of Applied Sciences together represent what the future of higher education should look like, appliedmultidisciplinary with a focus on sustainability. Both programs have facultya diverse range of areas of science together with other IMAT network universities around the world, students are provided the opportunity to studylearn across various cultural settings.



Prof. Dr. Mario Sergio Michaliszyn – Coordinator of PPGAMB




Degree Master of Science in Environmental Management (from UP)
Master of Engineering in International Material Flow Management (from Trier University of Applied Sciences)
Program Duration 2 Years
Enrollment Semester Open Admissions
Total Tuition R$79,200 (36 installments of R$2,200).
Administration Fee in Germany 172 Euros per semester (344 Euros total)
*Amount subject to change.
IMAT in Brazil https://www.imat-master.com/study-programs/imat-in-brazil/



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Students take Environmental Management subjectsa ion of IMAT subjects such as:

  • Global Environmental ChallengesGreen Business Opportunities
  • International Policies, StrategiesCase Studies on Circular Economy
  • GHG Mitigation in IndustrySociety: TechnicalEconomical Aspects of Climate Protection




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  • Off-Grid RET BarriersSupports in Developing Countries with Case Study of Solar Home System in Cambodia


The dual degree program between Universidade Positivo (UP) Trier University of Applied Sciences (TU) helped me develop a greater appreciation of systems approaches to the multidimensional challenges of sustainable development. The program offers two diverse settings that challenge candidates to develop both the hardsoft skills d to develop innovative solutions to environmental management problems such as material flow analysiszero emissions concepts. At UP in Brazil the facultyclasses are truly multi-interdisciplinary spanding the breadth of environmental sciences, environmental law, sustainable waste management, sustainable water management, environmental economics, quantitativequalitative data analysis, in addition to other offerings. While at TU in Germany, the classes had a heavy focus on field visits to circular economy designed publicprivate facilities such as solid waste“resource” management centersenergy independent villages. Together the dual program helped me develop my technicalintercultural skills necessary to excel in the global workforce.


IMAT Program Course Model



At UP the IMAT Program is housed in the Graduate Program in Environmental Management (Programa de Pós-Graduação em Gestão Ambiental – PPGAMB). As such, the completion ments for the IMAT portion of the program are compatible with those of the PPGAMB program. StudentsPPGAMB who wish to participate in the IMAT program after enrolling should consult the PPGAMB coordinator.

UP/IMAT students must submit a master’s thesis to both institutions. Further details regarding thesis topicreport ments will be provided during by students’ advisors.

Course Structure

The program consists of 15 modules1 Master thesis module.

First Year: Courses taught at UP by UP faculty membersIMAT partner faculty via e-learning.
Second Year: Courses taught at TU by IMAT facultyIMAT partner faculty via e-learning. Specification courses (or internships) during the third semestergraduation thesis work during the fourth semester at TU.


First Semester Second Semester Third Semester Fourth Semester
Global Environmental ChallengesGreen Business Opportunities Sustainability Management in Industry Regional Material Flow Management Master Thesis
Business Planning for Engineers GHG Mitigation in IndustrySociety Integrated Water Resource Management
Research ManagementApplied Material Flow Management Internship / Practice Material Flow Management Research Project Sustainable Energy Systems
International Policies, StrategiesCase Studies on Circular Economy Industrial EcologyIndustry 4.0 Technical Aspects of Bio-EconomyResilient Societies
Elective (e.g., Natural Sciences) Elective Elective (e.g., Traveling University)




Module Descriptions
Number Name Content
M1 Global Environmental ChallengesGreen Business Opportunities This module offers students an in-depth learning opportunity about the system inter-action of ecosystems in order to understand that issues such as inefficiencieswaste/emission problems are non-existent in functioning ecosystems but inherent to man-made systems. A spectrum of diverseinterrelated topics presents the fundamentals of the complex concepts as follows.
M2 Business Planning for Engineers In terms of value-orientation, this course focusses on financial analysis as an instrument for assessingreconciling green business investment projects on the basis of micro-economic modellingregional added value forecasts.
M3 Research ManagementApplied Material Flow Management This is a refresher course on the principles of scientific method, academic writingcommunications. A key objective is to help students plan/prepare for their research undertakingthe subsequent synthesis of the master thesis. As a ment of this module, the students will continuouslyin a stepwise manner work on their researchon their master thesis. Regular webinars will also be conducted as the need be to include all studentsthe IMAT-NU partner universities. IMAT-NU faculty that includes well publishedreputed professors will coach the students in this endeavor throughout the course. A third of the module includes theoretical work whereas the remainder is dedicated to hands-on praxis of technical/academic writingother forms of communications.
M4 International Policies, StrategiesCase Studies on Circular Economy The IMAT-NU partners/international partners provide 2 SWH lectures each, plus a session for Q&A. The lectures include an introduction to country-specific CEZE policies, strategiesprojectsalso present ed case studies on various industrial sectors. The lectures are delivered as webinarsalso recordeddistributed for asynchronous learning. Subsequently, the local coordinating lecturers organize onsite discussion classes with their participating student to discuss the contents of each lecture in order to put the key concepts into perspective.


M5 Elective (e.g., Natural Sciences) This is an elective course provided by the IMAT-NU partners. The content of the course is coordinatedpresent equivalent materials, case studies,experimental/laboratory work. The course includes lectures, in-class discussions of theory,practical laboratory work.

Students who’ve not followed natural sciences courses at undergraduate level are d to take this course. Those who’ve followed natural sciences are entitled to drop this refresher courseadvised to a portfolio course at the respective partner university after consulting the local IMAT coordinator at the partner universitythe IMAT coordinator at ECB in order to facilitate the learning agreementto ensure the comparabilitymodule recognition.

M6 Sustainability Management in Industry Discusses the aimsforms of industrial MFM, sustainability management, supply chain management, environmental management, cleaner production (CP), etc. Provides insights into the conceptspractices such as design for environment, producer responsibility, re-engineering processes, revalorization of by-products, product redesign, rethink markets, etc.undertake thorough analysis of case studies on re-sourceenergy efficiency in international industrial sectors provided as webinars by faculty members of the IMAT partner universitiesinternational experts. Provides detailed discussions on the principles, mentsguidelines for the quantificationreporting of the environmental impacts (14001) towards carbon footprint of products (14067:2018) towards energy management (50001) consistent with International Standards on life cycle assessment (LCA) (ISO 14040ISO 14044).
M7 GHG Mitigation in IndustrySociety The course is divided into three main parts: National GHG mitigation actionreporting, project/program-based GHG mitigation actionreporting,case studies on industrial GHG mitigation projects. Within the first part, the historicalfuture-oriented development of the global GHG abatementcarbon trading regimes based on the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are explaineddifferent (multi-) national manifestations (e.g. in EU Emission Trading Scheme) analyzed. The second part will be an in-depth analysis of existing carbon market/trading modal-itiesprocedures (as well as industrial carbon accounting standards) using the (programmatic) Clean Development Mechanism with its embedded assessment of baseline, additionalitysustainability.

The third part is based on practical oriented exercises,the students analyze IfaS case studies in industrial GHG mitigation in order to understand the methodologicaladministrative ments to calculatedocument industrial GHG mitigation projects focusing on energy (renewable energy, energy demand side efficiency, fuel switch projects), organic waste management (biogas)wastewater projects will enable the students to calculate the GHG abatement potentials of their own designated research projects in related areas.

M8 Internship / Practice Material Flow Management Research Project The students must conduct/undertake a practical internship in a company, researcha (non-)governmental organization, etc. working on a real-life topic within any of the IMAT MEng. core areas such as ZE, CE, REN, energy efficiency, waterwastewater management, IWRM, waste management, ISRM, upcycling, recycling, WER-Nexus, etc.

The internship should last at least 4 weeksmust be completed before the commencement of the master thesis semester.

The students are encouraged to use the internship as a stepping stone towards the successful undertaking of the master researchthesis. Accordingly, the students are encouraged to get some impressions/insights into the latest environmental technologies, management approaches, etc.

M9 Industrial EcologyIndustry 4.0 The IMAT-NU partners/international partners provide 2 SWH lectures each, plus a session for Q&A . The lectures include an introduction to the historical developmentthe theoretical basis of the country-specific IE implementations, policies, strate-giesprojectswherever possible present national examples of eco-Industrial parks as well as examples for applications of industry 4.0.
M10 Elective The elective modules—M5; M10; M 15—of this program offer students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in specific fields of interest drawing on a large variety of choices at each partner university, which are in line with the key objectives of the IMAT M.Eng. program. The list below indicates some of the electives on offer at the various IMAT partner universities.

·           Social & cultural processes in the Asia Pacific

·           Global environmental politics & economics

·           Environment & Sustainable Development

·           Changing social landscapecultural change

·           Air pollution monitoringcontrol

·           Water managementpollution control

·           Green buildingbuilding automation

·           Advanced environmental geosciences

·           Environmental policy, law & administration

·           Urban sustainability

·           Industrial ecology

·           Development finance

·           Community development

·           Managerial issues in energy companies

·           Energy & environment.

M11 Regional Material Flow Management Providesintroduction to the regional MFM tool kit, the definition of regionssystem boundaries—including cultural, historical, political, administrative—the aspects of regionalizationglobalization, etc. Also improves the understanding on the new strategies for regions in a globalized economy.
M12 Integrated Water Resource Management Provides insights into the aspects such as the proportion of freshwater, seawater, global water volumes, global appropriation of freshwater, etc. Discusses the water cycle including the aspects of precipitation, infiltration, runoff, evapotranspirationtheir computation/equationsmeasurement methods.

Providesintroduction to the sustainability principles of water resource management, the international water-related policies, case study on the history of water protectionwater policies in Germany,also providesintroduction to the Millennium Water Targets, the global issue of water scarcitywater pollution, etc.

M13 Sustainable Energy Systems The course provides the engineering background information on current renewable energyenergy storage technologiesthe future-oriented sector-coupling options. Therefore, transmission of basic engineering knowledgeequations to rudimentary design renewable energy systems are focused. Students are provided with an overview of essential economicecological questionsmethods to predict the potentials.
M14 Technical Aspects of Bio-EconomyResilient Societies This blended e-learning course provides a global perspectivealso some country specific insights (through specific case studies) into bio-economy strategy implementationsthe aspects of resilient societies. It intends to provide a comprehensive understanding of the need for a new paradigm—i.e. the rationale/drivers of BE, the current status of BE policy/strategy with examples,the implications of BE in achieving specific SDGsbuilding resilient societies.
M15 Elective (e.g., Traveling University*) The Traveling University is a signature seminar course develop by the Institute for Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS) aiming to deploy its expertise in tangible projects worldwide that allows the students to put their acquired theoretical knowledge in the IMAT-M.Eng. program into practice. The Traveling University exclusively deals with the practical applications of Applied Material Flow Management (AMFM), Zero Emission (ZE),the business aspects of environmental project development. The Traveling University also provides students the opportunity to engage with the privatepublic sectors directlyunderstand how these systems function in real-terms before they get employed in these sectors.
M16 Master Thesis The students have the ability to apply independently the specific methods, concepts, approachesknowledge they have in the area of International Material Flow Management towards their research of the master thesis. They possess the necessary knowledgeskills to evaluate the economic, technical, social,environmental impacts of the subject they intend to examinedraw the necessary conclusion in a scientific manner. The students also possess the competence to compose the master thesis adhering to academic writing/communications ments employing technical/scientific languagealso able to defend their findings in a colloquium.


Line A - Evaluation and Modeling (process description) Socio-environmental: Line B - Planning, Conservation, and Socio-environmental Development
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  • Coordinators  

    Coordinator Professor Clarissa Bueno Wandscheer Email: clarissa.wandscheer@up.edu.br

     Adjunct Coordinator Professor Alysson Nunes Diógenes Email: diogenes@up.edu.br