At our Aeres faculty in Almere we are running a one-year international programme on Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis with BSc certification. This programme includes a very appealing cooperation with our partner university IP Beja, Portugal: an integrated project of 5 weeks where students have to solve a water quality issue in the Beja region. In the most recent project students from the Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis programme have worked together with IP Beja students from Environmental Engineering to come with integrated solutions from their multi-disciplinary teams. Now we are aiming to broaden the multi-disciplinarity and interculturality of the project further:
We want to invite students with backgrounds in aquatic ecology, water management or environmental hygiene and -engineering to join the 5 week water quality project in Beja in February 2018.
Details of the project
There will be an official client with an actual water quality problem, for whom the students have to find solutions. The project will take place in the Beja region, in the province of Alqueva. It will be related to the dam in the Guadiana river (see photo right) and the effects of the new irrigation and drinking water infrastructure on the water quality. Students are invited to do their own system analysis, work with data from the client and gather data themselves in the field and in contact with stakeholders. Assessed elements will be:
- Stakeholder process
- Possible measures and advice for best measure based on criteria: realistic, economically viable, environmental impact and stakeholder wishes
- Professionality of the report and presentation
Organisation and costs
The project is hosted by the university IP Beja. Supervision is done by teachers from IP Beja and Aeres University of Applied sciences. Students can make use of student facilities at IP Beja such as library, canteen and take part in activities arranged for international students. Costs for the students to be expected are:
- Housing arranged by the international office of IP Beja, approximately 240€
- Travel costs to Beja, approximately 100-200€ European retour flight
- Food and other personal expenses, the university canteen has warm meals for 2€.
Students are asked to apply if they are interested and are:
- In their final year of the BSc, or in a MSc programme
- Are studying in themes related to aquatic ecology, water management, environmental hygiene and environmental engineering
- Able to prove they are sufficiently proficient and confident in English
To ensure quality there is a maximum of 20 participants for this project. If necessary we will make a selection from the applicants aimed on achieving a balance in knowledge and skills of the participants. If this is the case, all interested parties be duly informed.
We hope you will inform your students about this possibility. Feel free to contact us if any questions arise. You and your students may contact Karin Blok at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and application (from August 2017 Annet Pouw at email@example.com). We are looking forward to hear your reaction!
On behalf of the team Integrated Project Beja,
Coordinator Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis
+31 88 020 5457