Waste Management

Program Presentation

Currently, solid residue has become one of the most pressing problems of environmental conservation issues. The problem resides in their collection and disposal because waste cannot just be left anywhere without any consideration. They simply cannot be disposed of by burying or dumping them into the sea or river.

The problem of solid waste should now be focused on establishing channels that include proper treatment in order to preserve the natural environment that comprises the human habitat.

From a practical approach, the Waste Management program presents the most relevant issues related to waste, providing current and practical examples, with an emphasis on the preventive and corrective techniques aimed at reducing pollution and its environmental impact.

Who is the programme for?

The Waste Management program is intended specifically for two different types of groups:

  • People without a degree who may want a quality education in this field, for personal gain or experience.
  • University graduates who in addition to their existing education, want a specialized practice in waste management in order to broaden their career opportunities.

Diploma

After successfully completing the program, the student will receive a degree granted by the university in which the student is enrolled, with the endorsement of Ibero-American University Foundation FUNIBER.

Program Structure

The estimated length of the Waste Management program is 300 hours (30 credits)1.

Regarding the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being a distance learning program, not being subject to classes, a clear date of initiation is not set, which is why the student can finish the enrollment process at any time, as long as there are available spots in the program.
  • Due to academic and learning reasons, there is a minimum length of three months for this program.
  • The maximum time to finish the program is six months. In this time, the student must have turned in all the corresponding evaluations of the subjects.
  • The credit structure of the Waste Management program is shown on the following table:
  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subjects 30 6 300

a. The equivalence in credits could vary according to the university granting the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General Objective:

  • To understand the basic knowledge necessary for the successful management of waste, from minimization and segregation techniques to the complexity of the treatments and means of recovery.

Specific Objectives:

  • To gain knowledge of the convenience and necessity to carry out good practices and a correct essential management of solid waste, through destructive techniques, recovery techniques, reusing, recycling and rejection in controlled deposits.
  • To formalize the most relevant aspects of residue management with the goal of implanting programs of assessment and minimization of waste in the domestic and professional environment.
  • To learn about the responsibilities of the different agents involved: producer, transporter, manager and administrater.
  • To evaluate the environmental impact and the consumption of energy associated with the generation of waste: pollution of soil, water, air, odors, etc.
  • To describe waste by classification.
  • To understand how by-product trade works.
  • To learn about the current norms and the main tendencies in legislation applicable to waste in all environments.

Career Opportunities

Some of the Career opportunities of the Waste Management program are:

  • Working at a municipality as a technician/advisor in waste management.
  • Compost plant and transfer station operator.
  • Working In the management and control of dumping sites.
  • Environmental Waste consultant.
  • Teaching.

Study Plan

The Waste Management program is composed of six subjects, including case studies of treatment and the assessment of waste.

The subjects allow the student to learn and understand, first, theoretical, conceptual and historical issues involved in waste management and, second, the organizational, social, and technological implementation.

The objective is to ensure that students acquire a global vision of waste management through related multidisciplinary topics.

The classes and credits corresponding to the Waste Management program are shown on the following table.

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Urban Solid Wastes 110
2 Industrial Waste 100
3 Rural Waste 40
4 Sanitary Waste 50
5 Environmental education and MSW --
6 Legislation --
7 Practical Cases --
  TOTAL 300

These subjects, are independent from each other, yet are structured according to a coherent pedagogical sequence that facilitates its comprehension in order of lesser to greater complexity. Every subject is divided in thematic units or chapters, the content of which includes printed material that must be studied in order to correctly answer the tests.

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena.Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-american University (UNINI)

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Cubría García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Luís A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN)
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Ms. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

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