It appears as it has been only yesterday when we welcomed the participants of the 39th UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB International Postgraduate Course on Environmental Management in Dresden. However, scrolling backwards through the CIPSEM blog brings to mind, how much has happened since the opening ceremony in the TU Dresden rectorate on the 12th of January 2016. 184 days later, the EM39 group gathered at the Gewandhaus to celebrate their successful completion of the course with a festive award ceremony. Dr. Anna Görner opened the ceremony with her speech, followed by the dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Feger and the representative of the Umweltbundesamt, Ralph Wollmann. Accompanied by string music from a quartet of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the certificates were handed over, and the best final papers were honored. Ms. Hiba Mohammad from Syria, Ms. Mehri Alavinasab Ashgezari from Iran, Ms. Rocio Grommeck Pereira from Paraguay, Mr. Gabriel Amona from Nigeria and Mr. Vitus Tankpa from Ghana were distinguished for their excellent work. Finally Ms. Elon McCurdy and Mr. Gabriel Amona put the finishing touches to the ceremony with their joint speech as representatives of the course fellows.
In the evening the celebrations continued in a less formal but not less festive way in the CIPSEM club room. The table bend filled with delicious international dishes from 22 countries (Germany was also represented by … potato salad!) and rumor has it that there was dance and laughter deep into the night. EM39, it was a pleasure to meet you, we wish you all the best for your personal lives, your professional careers and for your efforts to push sustainable development forward in your home countries and in the world.
(Photos: H. Schluttig)