March 2019

Wetskills in China, Romania and Bangladesh – June and July 2019 – Registration is now open

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The teams of Wetskills-Oman are finalizing their pitches for the final presentations. They worked for two weeks in international teams on out-of-the-box solutions for various water cases, discussing with water experts, exchanging views, joining knowledge from different backgrounds. What solutions did they find? Who will win the Oman 2019 Challenge? The Awarding Ceremony will be on March 25, during the World Water Day Celebrations in Muscat, Oman. Interested to join one of the Wetskills Challenges? Preparations have already started for Wetskills Events in China (2-14 June), Romania (3-14 June) and Bangladesh (30 June – 12 July). We are looking for local and international students and young professionals, who are passionate about water, and excited to work in international teams to find transdisciplinary water solutions. Registrations are now open! We are also inviting Water companies, knowledge institutes and organisations to join and formulate a case, and support one...

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Working, working and Shisha at the End of the Night!

Muscat, Oman - 21 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 6 By Maryam Al Balushi (Petroleum Development Oman)   Today we were introduced to Rick Hogeboom, another Wetskills member, while  Johan went back to The Netherlands. Having him with us was really beneficial as he was a tremendous help for our water footprint case study. Described by Dr. Ahmed Al Busaidi as “A Google for Water Footprint” his presence will undoubtedly benefit all of us. We spent most of our time dedicated to working on the case study and developing the paper and poster, following that up with lunch in the faculty club. After coming back from lunch, Rick was nowhere to be found, he actually got lost in the campus! Fortunately Dr. Ahmed managed to find him to everyone’s relief. By the end of the day a tour around Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) campus was decided on to ensure no one gets lost again. At...

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Sultan Qaboos University Tour

Muscat, Oman - 20 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 5 By Rawabi Al Hajri (A'Sharqiyah University)   When you start to break the shy, and start to make relationship with others, it’s a nice step actually. In the beginning of the day all groups come with higher power to complete their work. Also I like the way of interchange information between every group. The most thing which caught my attention, every single group change their location. They go outside to the tree and nature. The groups moved from one place to another to allow people to feel refreshed and be able to think differently. This allowed them to come up with other ideas and brainstorm clearly. Suddenly we stopped worked because of lunch break, today we did something slightly different after lunch. We walked to Sultan Qaboos University botanic garden and getting some information about Omani plant, and we were interested. Then we went together...

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From holiday to an ‘enriching experience’

Muscat, Oman - 19 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 4 By Areej Al Ghaithi (Petroleum Development Oman)   I was on holiday, in a different time zone and I woke up to a message from my boss asking me to join Wetskills Oman 2019. In the beginning I was very confused as to what he meant by Wetskills, so I decided to take a look and do more research after I come back from my holiday. Two weeks later I was at the office applying for the Wetskills program. After going through the website and reading more about Wetskills, I was more intrigued and interested in joining the program. I joined Wetskills because of multiple reasons: My company being one of the case owners was very keen for us to join as participants as well Encouragement from Dr. Ahmed Al Busaidi and his continuous enthusiasm to having us as part of the program...

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Training Pitch and Poster

Muscat, Oman - 19 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 4 By Balqees Al Shaaibi (A'Sharqiyah University)   We start the day by Johan’s presentation about training pitch and poster. I learned what makes a good poster, what should not be on a poster and more over. We did many exercises and it was very useful for me. In addition, pitch training gives me a clear idea of how to do it in correct way. The discussion action plan changed our thinking way positively, we did many brainstorming and chose other pains and solutions. Also we writingand literature review belongs to our case work....

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Experiencing diversity

Muscat, Oman - 19 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 4 By Marwa Abdullah Al Mahdouri (Haya Water)   The new edition of the Wetskills program organized in Muscat, and hosted by Sultan Qaboos University synchronizing with World Water Day.  As participant in this program I was so excited to meet international friends and have 10 days full of work and sightseeing in my beautiful country. The field trip to Al Hazm castle and Nakhal fort along with some water areas has given the legend of the spectacular nature, culture and heritage of Oman. The Wetskills program for 19 March 2019 was to continue with our action plan. Morning discussion with the workshop leaders was very fruitful, as they have highlighted the main important points to be considered in our case study paper. The team has modified the initial action plan accordingly as per the paper requirements and distributed the task among each other. The team was...

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Working in office and on-site!

Muscat, Oman - 18 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 3 By Bart van der Ven (Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg & Nationaal Water Traineeship)   Today was an inspiring day, with both hard work “at the office” and interesting experiences in the field. The day started off with approximately one hour at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in which we worked really hard on our preliminary action plans. Actually, people were so focussed on their work that we almost missed our coffee break. Luckily, we were kindly reminded: “Hurry, hurry, hurry, go take your coffee break. Go go go!” As was stated by Paul at the planetarium later “I am really impressed by what I’ve seen from SQU so far: in this program everything runs in time!”. All credits for this go to Ahmed! After our speed-session at SQU we went to the Haya Wetlands. Haya is the largest institution in Oman for water treatment. And it does...

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Team assignment: ‘I am in Team Haya Water!!’

Muscat, Oman - 17 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 2 By Ilsa Phillips (Wageningen University)   Yesterday was the first day at the Sultan Quaboos University and the day we got assigned a case! I was among the lucky ones that got assigned the first choice case. Ever since I went to a conference on sustainable sanitation solutions a few months ago I got more interested in sanitation and waste water treatment, moreover the concept of renewable energy from waste has always been fascinating to me. So I was very happy to hear to be part of the team that will work on a case from Haya Water Oman on converting sludge into renewable energy. Fortunately, two of our team members work at Haya Water so they could tell us all about the case and are familiar with many technologies, whereas I have more a background in agricultural science and soil science, they...

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Water and culture experiences in Oman Mountains

Muscat, Oman - 16 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 1 By Bobby Leijgraaf (Water Authority Delfland) & Ajin Kuttithara Janardhanan (ARCADIS United Arab Emirates)   Not long after ordering a curry for breakfast at the restaurant near our hotel, Dr. Achmed walked in and introduced himself. Upcoming days he would be assisting us on behave of the Sultan Qaboos University. He gently told us to hurry, for the bus was already waiting upfront. Hastily we ate our plates and went outside. It’s the first day of the Wetskills program and today we’ll explore some of Muscat’s surrounding scenery. In front of the restaurant the participants are starting to gather. Unacquainted with the majority of them, we meet and greet for a first impression. Once in the bus everyone gets the opportunity to briefly introduce themselves and their passion for water, after which Dr. Achmed enthusiastically urged us to mingle mingle mingle. In the end...

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Acclimatising in Muscat & Surroundings

Muscat, Oman - 15 March 2019 - Wetskills Water Challenge Day 0 By Rachid Abraimi (Water Authority Hollandse Delta)   On Friday 15th of march me and 5 other lucky Wetskills participants arrived one day in advance of the official start of the Oman Wetskills Challenge. We seized this opportunity with both hands and traveled to the beach Jebel Sifah as we all were delighted and excited to explore the beautiful scenery that Oman beholds. Travelling 100 km towards Jebel Sifah was the perfect way to experience this beautiful scenery. After driving 10 minutes we came across of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. I was really impressed by the front garden, stunning architecture and the amount of attention was given to achieve such appropriate placement of the mosque in its surrounding. The second stop of our trip was the old town of Masqat and the port of Mattrah. Old Masqat is filled with very well maintained old...

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