The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management was disestablished on 1 January, 2017.

Following a review, the school was merged with the School of Earth Sciences to create the new School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences website can be found at https://sees.uq.edu.au/

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

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

 
Coordinating environmental impact assessments, reviewing municipal environmental legislation, performing environmental auditing, maintaining green spaces and educating the public on recycling is all in a day’s work for Masters of Environmental Management graduate Miguel Molina.
 
Currently Miguel is the Head of the Department of Environment Projects and Studies within the Secretariat of Natural Environment and Ecology in the Municipality of Guadalajara. 
 
After graduating in 2009 Miguel returned to Mexico where work was scarce and the country was gripped by the Global Economic Crisis.  However, his studies at UQ put him ahead of the pack and he secured a position in his field of Environmental Management.  “Having a master’s 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.”
 
“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.”
 
“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.”
 
When asked to highlight his most memorable experience whilst studying at UQ he replied “[It] 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.”
Miguel’s contract with the municipal government expires in 2013, but his thoughts are already on the future.  “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”

Last updated: Sep 7, 2012