The Department of Environmental Engineering at Manas University
The rapid development of economic activities has led to intensive changes to the surrounding environment. In response to this, new research has been started in the field of environmental protection and rational environmental management. There is a high demand for specialists that can monitor ecological conditions, create new low-waste technologies, and bring their experience with industrial fields and technological problems. Today, it is impossible to build a building, road, or factory without ecological expertise. Further, not one company can work in the current ecological situation without environmental engineers monitoring and making sure that everything is clean and safe. Knowledge of the laws of nature serves as a base for solving practical questions about environmental management and evaluating the condition of the environment around us.
After considering these factors, environmental management was chosen as a priority. Bachelor’s students study chemistry, mathematics, physics, biology, landscaping, cartography, soil science, ecological monitoring, environmental protection, manmade systems and ecological risk, the economics of environmental management, and other special disciplines. Future specialists receive experience at industrial enterprises, as well as in administrative, academic, and scientific organizations.
Studies are carried out with financial concerns in mind; students who qualify for need-based assistance are offered scholarships and housing in the dormitories. All students can use the online classes, office equipment, internet cafes, databases, and the university library. The university offers a preparatory year of language classes, so that all students speak Kyrgyz, Turkish, Russian and English. During their studies, students become acquainted with the ecological conditions of enterprises, agricultural facilities, reserves, nature parks, conservation zones, museums, cleaning systems, and recycling and trash facilities. After their third year, students of the department complete internships with different organizations and companies in Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and CIS countries. Students also participate in the student club, Biota, which organizes activites such as cleaning Chingiz Aitmatov Campus, hosting an open-house night at the department, a quiz night between engineering departments, a photo exhibition, a charity concert, and yearly picnics.
The Department of Environmental Engineering was founded in 1997 as the Department of Environmental Technology, as part of the Faculty of Engineering. In the 1998-1999 academic year, the name of the department was changed to Environmental Engineering. The Department offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in environmental engineering. The first students were admitted in the 1997-1998 academic year, and since then 13 classes of undergraduate students and seven classes of graduate students have completed their degrees.
Objective: Educate undergraduate and graduate students in ecological engineering.
Goal: Assess the condition of air, water, and soil, as well as to measure biological and physical effects on the environment, and to participate in environmental-protection activities.
Mission: Prepare modern, creative and positive professionals who can solve pressing ecological problems, who can use the achievements of environmental engineering in their education and work, and who can participate in scientific research and environmental-protection activities.
Where Our Graduates Work:
Graduates of the Department of Environmental Engineering work in the following types of organizations: countrywide and regional organizations for protecting and managing the environment; governmental planning, monitoring, and examination of environmental components in all types of economic activities; production, marketing and consulting companies; services for hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring; environmental service industries and local authorities; treatment plants; chemical and analytical laboratories; sanitary-epidemiological stations (SES); departments of environmental protection in industrial enterprises and organizations; academic research institutions; institutes of higher, secondary and professional education (universities, schools, lyceums), and media organizations.
Graduates work as engineers, geologists, hydrologists, agroecologists, bioecologists, teachers of ecology, ecology inspectors, ecology auditors, and researchers in the area of ecology.