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Back to Ahmedabad: read the blogs

Happy, inspiring and healthy 2017 to all. We started early this year. Already 2 January 2017, the second edition of Wetskills-India has started. After 13 months Wetskills came back to Center of Environment Education in Ahmedabad (read the 2015 story here). This time 10 Indian and 10 Dutch students / YWP will work in 5 mixed teams at cases provided by Indian and Dutch partners, see event page. This time the finals will be organized during the Vibrant Gujarat in Ghandinagar, just (half) an hour drive from Ahmedabad. This will be at 12 January in the morning. Follow Wetskills-India 2017 with the daily blogs....

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Agreement third Wetskills in Bucharest

Last week Johan Oost visited Bucharest to sign the agreement to organise the third Wetskills Water Challenge in Romania. The partners Politehnica University of Bucharest, Technical University for Civil Engineering of Bucharest and Romanian Water Association are delighted to organise the next Wetskills edition in Romania. This partnership is in close cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Bucharest. Wetskills Foundation and both universities also discussed other opportunities for cooperation, like WetsNext opportunities. The next Wetskills-Romania is from 4 to 18 May 2017 and the finals will be held during the ExpoApa. The partners organised the first edition in 2013 (see: LINK ), resulting in an enthusiastic next edition in 2015 and thus 2017. To come in the mood, see the 2013 movie. Are you interested to join this event as participant? We are looking for Bachelor (final year), Master and PhD students as well as Fresh graduates: Sign up for the great Wetskills edition on our...

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Feasibility of illUVia concept in South Africa (WetsNext)

by Jessica de Koning (Master student University of Utrecht, WetsNext illUVia project)   [note: This WetsNext illUVia project is a follow-up of a Wetskills-South Africa 2016 case. One of the participants (Jessica) came up with a plan to do a feasibility study together with the case owner Berson UV, a local entrepreneur Blue Nickel and Wetskills Foundation.]   Yesterday, I officially started my internship at Blue Nickel, where Jeremy Tucker, my supervisor and main partner for the project works. The guys at the office in Centurion (near Pretoria) gave me a warm welcome. I am the only girl in the office, and (besides Jeremy) the only one who is working on a water and sanitation project like ours. The others work on process control, mostly for mines, which is what Blue Nickel is specialized in.   Yesterday, Jeremy and I discussed how we are going to proceed the following weeks. As priorities, we identified 1) further research concerning the features of...

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Data collection in Ahmedabad (WetsNext)

by Martien Aartsen (Master student University of Utrecht, WetsNext Ahmedabad project) In hindsight, I couldn’t imagine being able to see so many features of the country as I did in the relatively short period I stayed in India. I was able to speak to many kind government officials across different departments. I spoke to ambitious and concerned NGOs, and I spoke to involved academics. I was even able to join a water walk, organised by ‘concerned’ citizens. During this water walk, we were guided along important water features of Ahmedabad like the the Vasna Barrage, a Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a place where treated wastewater is discharged into the river. Next to my research related activities, I was also able to do some sightseeing and experience the local Diwali celebrations. Now, back in the Netherlands, it’s time to finish transcribing interviews and gathering the last bits of required data. After that, I’m finally...

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