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The Master in International Material Flow Management(IMAT) program is APU’s flagship dual master degree program with the Trier University of Applied Sciences, conducted by the Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS) in Germany. Students of IMAT get the opportunity to study at APU in Beppu, Japan, the birthplace of the One Village One Product (OVOP) movement, in their first year and at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld (ECB), the first Zero Emission (ZE) campus in Europe, in their second year. Upon graduating from each university, the students earn a Master of Science in International Cooperation Policy from APU and a Master of Engineering from Trier University of Applied Sciences. In addition, students enrolled in Sustainability Science who meet the criteria also have the opportunity to transfer to the IMAT Program after enrollment.

Among a raft of unique opportunities, IMAT provides a platform for its students to study, explore, and hone their skills on practical solutions for zero emission and circular economy. The program encourages students to work on projects and apply problem-oriented and trans-disciplinary approaches to the application of knowledge, science and/or management principles. Celebrating a decade of APU-IfaS cooperation, IMAT has produced over 90 International Material Flow Managers to date.

Faezeh Mahichi, Ph.D., Associate Professor and IMAT Program Coordinator (Iran)

Degree: Ph.D. in Life Science Bioengineering (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan), M.A. in Life Science Biodynamics (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan) 
Research Fields: Industrial Ecology, Environmental Pollution and Control Technology, Global Warming, Environmental Microbiology