August 2022

A lot of culture, a lot of creativity

Wetskills Palestinian Territories 2022 -  by Sarah Mansour (Al-Najah National University)   My name is Sarah Mansour I’m one of the participant in wetskills event 2022 that happened in Palestine, I’m from  city called Jenin in Palestine. I’m a civil engineering graduated from Al-Najah National University my graduation project was about design a wastewater network to the southern part of Tubas and I had a higher degree in it.     Wetskills give me the opportunity to learn new skills and to meet new people with difference in experience and knowledge, make new friends new thinking, read more about the situation of water in Palestine, now the water problem that Palestine face and meet many experts in this field learn from their position’s more and think deeply and intelligently. It’s only 12 days in this program but it’s the full 12 days of information and challenges.   The second Friday was at Bethlehem, we have visited the Palestine...

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it’s a wrap

Wetskills Palestinian Territories 2022 - by Jesse Frunt (TU Delft)    This morning, we had a slow start with a 20 minute delay. Today, we are working at the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) which is located here in Ramallah. Inge kicked the day off with a presentation about the Pitch & Poster. She warned us at the beginning of her presentation: the more questions, the longer it is going to take. So with this group, I knew enough… Approaching the end of the first presentation, about the poster, Inge showed us some examples from our predecessors of Wetskills. We got super critical and we have set the bar very high for ourselves.     After a well-deserved coffee break, Inge was about to start her second presentation about the pitch when Dr. Subhi Samhan walked into the room and claimed his time. He spoke to us about how to properly pitch our ideas and to...

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Faith and Action

Wetskills Palestinian Territories 2022 -  by Marie Czwielung (HZ University of Applied Sciences)      I applied at Wetskills mainly to improve my cultural awareness and learn more about how professionals in the field of water work in other countries. When I saw that there is a project in the Palestinian territories I immediately knew that I needed to go. I’ve always been very interested in the middle east and Palestine in particular and have not had the opportunity to experience this culture yet. When I got the message that I’ve been accepted into wetskills I was incredibly happy but also immediately a little bit scared. As Europeans we think we know what is going on in the area as we continue to follow the news and we also have certain stereotypes and thoughts about the culture in general.     When my trip came closer friends and family continued to tell me that they are worried...

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Final day to prepare the “wetskills”

Wetskills South Korea 2022- By Seongju Whang, Hongik University   Today is the final preparation day for the two-week "wetskills". Everyone is busy from morning to finish their poster and paper. The person preparing the pitch for each team was busy practicing and preparing for the script and the various tips they heard yesterday.     All the teams "wetskills" are edited and take the pictures that they want to put on the paper. Team without all team members used pictures they had taken with the team members before. Everyone seemed busy filling in the paper, and everyone was working hard until the end. In addition, everyone looked bright despite the effort to finish on time and the hard schedule.   The fire alarm went off after lunch. The alarm went off for making headlines, but no one seemed surprised or urgent. We went out and watched the situation, and even though the alarm went off, there were...

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A creative and hard working day

Wetskills Palestinian Territories 2022 -  by Rahaf Abu Omar (An-Najah National University)    Hi all, my name is Rahaf, I am one of the participants of the Wetskills event in Palestine 2022, I was born in Nablus and I am currently studying Civil Engineering at An-Najah National University. I was interested to join to Wetskills event for many reasons as example to meet experience people and learn from them, to improve my abilities, and to have an idea about the water problems in my country.   We spend this day in Sharek and it was a very hard day. My team starting in hard working and thinking out-of-the-box to solve the problem case, and we are still studying the effectiveness of our solution. After we had lunch (which was served with a fortune cookie), zoom meeting started with Dr. Moatasem and he gave us a useful lecture on business canvas model.   ...

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Amor Fati

Wetskills South Korea 2022- By Evandi Rahman, KIST   “Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart”  ~Marcus Aurelius~   8 A.M on Monday and Rainy day. Perfect to make ya down..Moreover, the subway was so crazy!! (Pic. 1). I just wondering how amazing the human being is. They can squeeze and fit their body in the very small space. After surviving in some period of time, the subway lady announced” Children Grand Park Station, Sejong University” finally. It was time for my wife (May) and I to get out from that apocalypse. And let’s start the 9th day of Wetskills program...

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From lost to focus

Wetskills Palestinian Territories 2022 -  by Toqa Qadi ( World Waternet)    My name is Toqa Qadi; I am Palestinian, I have a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Al-Najah university, I am a junior project leader with World WaterNet company "WWX & BluDeal" in North Hebron, I joined the Wetskills, to communicate with the participants, and because I am working the water sector and this is inspiring for me, as well as I like the challenges.       Monday, August 29, 2022, at 9:00 am, formal dress, the focus is high, in the current stage for the wetskills that we imagine we reached to the innovation, representative PWA start giving us a lot information on water and wastewater sectors, I noticed that some of the winning ideas are simple, so we should be more focus and realistic. We started, based on teams, to meet the experts PWA to exchange inquiries and thoughts; we were in a...

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One team, one task

Wetskills Palestinian Territories 2022 -  by Pepijn van Loon (Waternet)    Today we had our second workday. Before we could start working it is important to analyse our own team. Through the Belbin team roles we discovered what strengths and potential pitfalls we might face in the coming weeks. The presentation by the Wetskills teams gave us a beautiful riddle that everyone recognizes to some degree.   “So...

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Work Hard, Play Hard

Wetskills South Korea 2022- By Ratna Putri, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology & Ligaya Wopereis, Deltares   Anyeonghaseyo Yorobun! (It means ‘Hello Everyone!’ in Korean – I’m truly sorry I couldn’t write it in Hangeul/Korean Alphabet). As you probably know from the previous blogs from my fellow Wetskills SK 2022 friends, we have been quite busy the past days, but that does not mean we work all the time. We got a free time today on our schedule, so we decided to spend the day up to us. My roommate and me decided to share about how we spent our days off enjoying nature, exploring historical site at Seoul, and eating one of Korean delicacies in Hongdae shopping district.   Up, up to the top of the Bukhansan mountain   Ligaya’s story - Sunday Micheal, Mathurin, Floor, and I went on an amazing, unexpected adventure. While craving some nature, after spending a week in the busy...

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Salam Alykom, Marhaba, Hi, Hello, hello hoe gaat het

Wetskills Palestinian Territories 2022 -  by Raghad Khader Rajabi (Hebron University)   All of those words are greeting words when u have different people from different cultures, all of us want to learn how to say the main words for greeting the main words they need from others. This is how we start our day on Saturday 27-8-2022.   First, of all I would like to tell you who I am. I am Raghad Rajabi from Hebron university. My bachelor’s is in food processing and nutrition. My MSc degree is in food processing. I am working in a quality assurance bottled water plant. and I am excited about the water sector and solving its issue. Wetskills is good chance for us to learn a lot from each other.   In the first day of working, we are go through team building  with building corporate strategy to improve relations and productivity in the workplace as it helps us as colleagues...

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