October 2018

The lesser days remain the more exciting!

Wetskills Kyrgyzstan - Day 8   Today was pretty much productive day, probably the most productive since the beginning of the training. At least for our group( 4). We finally made up our poster and our pitch is  almost done. We spent all the day in blue room at the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University. We practised our pitch in front of the students which was quite useful because we are going to have our final day in just two days! We are hoping for the successful outcome and looking for fun. Its always fun to spent time with you guys- you are fantastic! The lesser days remain the more its exciting! Today we were given lots of useful tips from Frank and Machtelijn that will help us to better prepare for upcoming quintessense!   By Beksultan Sharipov and Zhamalidin Sadridin uulu ...

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Research in the field

Wetskills Kyrgyzstan Day 5 - 19.10. This morning we got up and went to the university. The firstly in the morning what we did was a quick introduction to remember each other's names. After the game every team started work with their cases . At 11 o'clock Machtelijn and Frank showed us example how we need to presentation our works. We had a lunch at 12:20 ,it was so tasty. After the lunch we continued making our plans for monday. Then Niels Thevs visited us for sharing with his experiences and ideas . We were glad to meet him and get some important information. The day was really serious and productive for each team. ‌ ‌by Kymbat and Nargiza Day 6 - 22.10. Today we will start at 9:00 o’clock in the KNAU. Students an supervisors were rested and full of energy after the weekend. The divided five teams interviewed water experts. At first, our team went...

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Game, new rules, work on action plan

Wetskills Kyrgyzstan 18.10.2018 Day 4 Today we started again with a little game to learn each other’s names. Unfortunately, a lot of people came late so we had to introduce some new rules that are official from now on. From today on we have new rules about being late. If you’re more than 10 minutes late you have to sing a song and if you come more than 30 minutes late he or she has to pay 1.000.000 som penalty so the supervisors can have a nice massage. During the game in the morning we threw a small pillow to each other, always shouting out the name while throwing. After two rounds we continued with our cases. We started to make our planning to define what exactly we’re going to do with our cases. This took us until 2 o’clock to finish the action plans. The plan was divided in introduction, background, goals, methods, focus...

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BrainHurricane day in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

This morning we got up and got to the university. The first thing we did in the morning was a quick introduction to remember each other’s names better. After playing some games to get to know each other we started playing the ‘fish pond’ game in order to learn something about the problems and issues with common goods. The game was interested, even though the results were extremely different. While one group was very well fed and only had 2 fish in their pond left another group was close to starvation but had over 40 fish in their pond.   After a quick presentation where we learned about the wonderful kingdom of the Netherlands we proceeded with the formation of our groups. To get into the cases as quickly as possible 7 experts were invited to a BrainHurricane so each group could talk to each of them for 15 minutes. This sessions...

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Water canals, reservoirs and making friends

Wetskills Kyrgyzstan - Day 2 October 16th, 2018     Early this morning, we got picked up by our dear host Mr. Kalybek from the National Water Resources Management Project (NWRMP) from the World Bank at our hostel 312 in Bishkek. Today on the agenda: exploring some of the major water canals, first meeting with a Kyrgyz Water Users Association (WUA) and getting a first grip on how river water is shared between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The picture below is showing an overview of women who have the most children, and therefore have a lot of hectares of agriculture land, since every person got a piece of land after the collapse of the Soviet era after 1991.     Our first stop was the West Big Chu Canal Water Intake Facility. From here the Chu river is divides into two branches, providing irrigation water to downstream regions. Some 48 % of the Chu river water is provided...

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Wetskills Kyrgyzstan is on!

A new Wetskills, a new challenge! Bishkek, 15 Oct 2018   Welcome to this exciting Wetskills Kyrgyzstan 2018 in the green city Bishkek. It is the first time we meet as 25 students from Europe and Kyrgyzstan and experts from 6 different Kyrgyz universities.   The Kyrgyz  National Agrarian University (KNAU) was the host of the Opening ceremony of Wetskills. After an introductory talk from Prof. Chortonbaev T.Zh (Vice-Rector KNAU),  Mr. Beishekeev (World Bank Project Director National Water resources Management Project Phase 1) and Machtelijn Brummel (Wetskills Foundation) and keynotes from the experts (Prof. Bekboeva R.S., KNAU, Prof. Loginov G.I., KRSU, Dr. Kulenbekov Zh., AUCA, Dr. Mambetov E.M., KSUCTA), we made a visit to the KNAU Faculty of Irrigation Engineering, Ecology and Land Management water museum. It was very beautiful and made with a lot of eye for details. The museum is surprisingly interactive as they try to explain the local water issues for school...

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Join a new challenge: BodemBattle 2019

Soil and Water go hand-in-hand. That is why Wetskills Foundation with Wageningen University and Nationale Bodem Traineeship initiated a new challenge for students and young professionals in The Netherlands (*note: Dutch will be the main language) with a focus on soil challenges (some are combined with water). The programme differs from the regular Wetskills concept, but the aim is the same: out-of-the-box solutions for challenges formulated by sector partners.   This challenge from Bachelor, Master, PhD students and Young Professionals will start in January 2019. The teams get about ten weeks to come together (parttime!) to develop their own innovative concept. In this period several trainings will be provided and a day at the case owners is included in the programme.   On 5 October this new initiative was launched in Wageningen. Students and Young professionals in the Netherlands are challenged to join this challenge. The organisation will select the candidates and will make the...

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Invitation for students, trainees and young professionals to the Delta Conference 2018!

  The Delta Programme Commissioner wants to inspire and involve students, trainees and Young Professionals in the challenges of the Delta Programme. This programme is developed yearly and contains proposals, plans and measures to protect the Netherlands against water, to prepare for the extremes caused by climate change and to make sure there is sufficient fresh water supply. These are current situations, on which we now – and surely in the future – must work together. Exactly because of this, it is important that we involve the young people of today in developing the Delta programme. So that we together with them will be prepared for the future.   The staff Delta Programme Commissioner has asked Roadshow Water and the Wetskills Foundation to reach out to and invite students, trainees and Young Professionals from the water sector to attend the Delta Congress on the 1st of November in Zwolle. Delta Programme Commissioner Wim...

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