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The pressure cooker is fully on!

Wetskills Kyrgyzstan  - Day 9 25.10 Dear readers, hope it will be interesting to know how the Wetskills project going in Kyrgyzstan! Starting from sunny weather, since the early morning all the participants had a good mood, because all the work, which was done before was almost done and submitted. From the beginning of the day some of us were working on posters others worked on their pitch speech, so we really stressed and busy. On the first part most of the focus was to finish the posters quickly and translate it into Russian. As soon as the time was limited until 12 p.m. we really worked hard. Fortunately, all the teams managed to submit their posters on time. After we had lunch, that was delicious as usual. According to schedule, the next step supposed to be a rehearsal for pitch. Therefore, we had two more hours to practice pitch. Finally, each team...

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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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From strangers to family

By Nhlanhla Dube   The 26th of September finally arrived. The day everyone had been tirelessly working towards. This was the day all teams would do their pitches and present their posters, and only one team would come out victorious at the end of the day. The day began just as all the days for the past two weeks, the only twist was how everyone was dressed to the nines. Dolev spotting a bow tie, Amir wearing a suit, a sight we have been told is as rare as a Dutch man who doesn’t drink beer.   We all headed to the World Trade Centre where the competition would take place. Welcomed with fresh coffee and delicious cookies , the venue was filled with warmth and brain capacity big enough to fill a stadium. All posters were displayed at the entrance of the hotel, and you could feel the sense of pride in all...

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Happy Ending

by Kathiya Ali Alaufi   We start our challenge day, the day which summarizes the work for two weeks, by poster and 2 minutes pitch. Wetskills finals is a part of Water technology week 2018 in World Trade Center Leeuwarden (WTC). When we arrived at the WTC, I liked the moment when I see many people from different countries and many posters with our four group posters, because it is a first time in my life I am a participant in a big conference. Each group was very excited about their work so we started taking photos, each group with their poster. I liked working with Amir (Israel), Juanita (Columbia) and Dube (South Africa) because they are helpful and funny people.     Then, we attended the first session about Chinese wastewater treatment and concept plan, prof. Kaijun Wang, Tsinghua University, China. Then, wetskills finals started by a small introduction about the wetskills by Johan...

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Deadlines day !

By Pann Ei Ei Phyoe   As the final of the wetskills challenge is getting closer, the young professionals are also getting ready with each own project and conceptual ideas. The final of the challenge is in two days and the urgency to be ready of the supporting documents for the challenge is getting important. Therefore, the goals of today’s program are to finalize the posters and to finish the reports which are based on the concepts that we were developing the past week. The weather outside the church of the water campus, the location where we work, the water is pouring from the sky heavily. However, the people seems not caring much on the 11 degree weather, rather, working on individual tasks of each own.   As we have to finalize all the deadlines and goals, all four groups have started the day since 8 AM and had been finalized both the poster...

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