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Masters of Environmental Management graduate Miguel Molina moved from Mexico to study at UQ
Masters of Environmental Management graduate Miguel Molina moved from Mexico to study at UQ

Quick Facts

Name: Miguel Angel Alvarado Molina
Program: Masters of Environmental Management
Graduated: 2009
Current Work:  Head of the Department of Environmental Projects and Studies within the Secretariat of Natural Environment and Ecology in the municipality of Guadalajara, Mexico 

My name is Miguel Angel Alvarado Molina, I graduated from UQ with a Masters of Environmental Management (2008-2009). I travelled all the way from Mexico to study at UQ because Australia has always been a fascinating country for me and its environmental programs and policies have become an example to the world on natural resource preservation, protection and management. Choosing UQ was a matter of deciding where I would receive a high quality education and what would be most useful to me in the future.

I definitively enjoyed my time at UQ.  It was an opportunity to mature and learn not only about environmental management, but also about other cultures, so many different ways to think and yet so similar all around the world. The Environmental Management Master´s program offered me the possibility to cater my course options depending on my interests and needs as an international full-time student, which is an important characteristic since getting accustomed to a new culture, language and education system is a difficult process.

"Choosing UQ was a matter of deciding where I would receive a high quality education and what would be most useful to me in the future."

In the academic and professional areas I think the most rewarding and memorable experience I had was the opportunity to research about carbon footprint reduction for the 42nd AIFST (Australian Institute of Food and Science Technology) International Conference and later on, being able to present my work at the international conference, watching how research was applied, and meeting very interesting people.  This was priceless.

Once I returned to Mexico I had to face the Economic World Crisis making it very difficult to find a job and competing against many talented people.  Having a masters degree from UQ is seen in Mexico as a great achievement and it helped me open doors in the middle of the crisis and find a great job.

Currently I am working for the municipality of Guadalajara within the Secretariat of Natural Environment and Ecology in the Department of Environmental Projects and Studies, I was lucky to be chosen as part of the team for the new government starting on 2010.

I am the head of the Department so it is a very challenging job because I have to perform many different activities.  For instance I coordinate, supervise, lead and plan activities such as the evaluation of environmental impact assessment studies, review and elaborate municipal environmental legislation, start the environmental audit program for the government of Guadalajara, and on weekends I go out with my team to parks and green areas to paint, sweep, and teach people how to recycle trash. I think this is what is called a full time job!

My current plans at the moment are to continue my studies with a PhD, even though I am in Mexico I would like to return to UQ and work on Cleaner Production or Life Cycle Assessment topics, but still I have to decide whether it will be in the short term or if I wait until I finish the municipal government contract period in 2013.

As a message for any interested international candidates I just have to say that it is great experience to study at UQ and there is a lot to learn from Australia, if they have the opportunity, take it! Do not think too much about it.

 

Last updated: Sep 17, 2012