The IIIEE provides graduate education that equips students with the knowledge, skills and personal qualities needed to become agents of change and future leaders, capable of transforming our economy and society towards sustainability.

In 1995, the IIIEE launched its unique Master’s programme in Environmental Policy and Management (EMP) to educate professionals committed to and capable of solving global sustainability challenges. More than 600 graduates of the programme from 85 nations are now contributing to sustainable development in industry, government, UN, NGOs, and academia. In 2005, the IIIEE led a consortium to launch the Erasmus Mundus Masters Course in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (MESPOM).  MESPOM is now delivered in cooperation with 3 European and 2 North American universities, enabling the students to study different aspects of sustainability in different cultural and academic contexts.

The hallmarks of the IIIEE’s education are academic excellence, interdisciplinarity, teaching innovation, unparalleled attention to individual students, and close engagement with real-life practice in the private and public sectors. The international character of our programmes and our outstanding Alumni Network have supported intense learning across national boundaries.

Close links between education and research, combined with top-quality innovative pedagogy ensure academic renewal and create new ways of interacting with the world around us. A prerequisite for effective learning is the opportunity to interact with teachers who contribute to new knowledge through their research. The Institute is committed to grounding our education in research and tying our research to attractive educational programmes.

IIIEE students actively participate in academic planning and decision making, thus promoting a strong sense of community and collaboration. This also strengthens their motivation and prepares them to become change agents and future leaders.