This paper is based on almost five years of experience from the post-graduate Master’s program for professionals in Environmental Management at the Technical University of Denmark. The curricu-lum equals a year full time study carried out as two years half-time study activities in four semes-ters. The target groups are professional environmental managers working in businesses including consultants, governmental institutions and organizations. To get access to the education the students must have a technical/nature science competence at master level or bachelor level combined with relevant job experience. Generally participants have had 5-15 years of practical experience and are in the position of a internal or external job change towards new tasks that require new knowledge, methodologies or management/co-ordination skills. The education of "Masters of Environmental Management" (MEM) started in 1996 and since then 6 classes with 32 students each have started and Class number 7 is expected to start in September 2001. It is a specific target for the post-graduate education that networks are established during the course and continue working after the graduation. So far all classes graduated have created networks that meet on a regular basis. The networks seek to continue the dialogue and exchange of experience across employment area in an open and not formalized way. The networks are also used to get feed back to the university and the education as a mean to continuously improve the education and be aware of urgent competence and personal empowerment needs among academic professionals working with environmental man-agement and cleaner technology matters.
environmental management; Learning; Continued education; communities of practice; competence