Wetskills-Oman 2019

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Wetskills-Oman 2019

March 15 - March 26

About The Event

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Time for another Wetskills Challenge back in the Sultanate of Oman, the country of Arab horses, 3,156 kilometers coastline, kingfish and kebab, fjord-like landscape (the Norway of the Middle East!), aromas and knives (khanjar, no worries – now a days only worn forceremonial events). But Oman is also a country with severe challenges, including droughts and water scarcity, water salinity and desertification. As one of the oldest human-inhabited places in the world, Oman now faces the impact of human development. Those challenges cannot be addressed without considering water, energy and food as an integrated whole (nexus) and Oman is very well aware of that. Oman and the rest of the Gulf region are excelling with their WEF nexus approach and this offers a great context for our next Wetskills Challenge.

From 15-26 March this new edition will be organised in Muscat, together with local Wetskills host Sultan Qaboos University. We also teams up with the Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands and Omani partners as MEDRC, PDO, Omani Water. This Wetskills event will be dedicated to the Central theme: ‘Water-Energy-Food Nexus’ (also the theme of the WorldExpo Dubai 2020, where Wetskills Foundation will be present as well). The final presentations will be in line to the Celebration of the World Water Day 2019. The field trips and workshops during the 12 days programme will be organised to some main water areas, meetings and discussions with people in the field and a visit to the beautiful City of Muscat with its great Mosques and Palaces, old walls and beautiful Souqs.

To all who are interested in experiencing international team work and water challenges and solutions in the Middle East: this is your chance! The Wetskills Foundation and its partners invite Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates (up to 5 years working experience) in Oman, Middle East and from over the world to apply for this great Wetskills Water Challenge programme. Are you passionate about water challenges and excited to work in mixed teams for transdisciplinary water solutions? Register on this website now!

Practical information

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Registration deadlines

First deadline: 15 January 2019

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Application Deadline

Deadline for the first application and first selection: 15 January 2019.

(After the first deadline, every two weeks Wetskills Foundation will select the last candidates on a first come first serve basis.)

Participation fees

  • Local participants: travel, local transport, daily costs and a participation fee of 25 OMR.
  • International participants and local participants needing accommodation in Muscat: travel, local transport, daily costs and a participation fee of € 350,- (excl. 21% VAT).

The programme fee includes: field trips, social activities, workshops, working locations, supervision, some of the meals and the Finals and Awarding ceremony. The participant fee excludes the international and local travel (plain, train, bus, etc.) and all other daily costs not included in the program fee.

Note: The Wetskills organisation is striving to find possibilities to keep the costs to the participants at a minimum. During past editions participants often successfully arranged financial compensation for their Wetskills participation from their university or employer. We therefore strongly encourage applicants to inquire about funding opportunities to compensate the costs (university mobility funds, travel allowance etc.).

What do you get?

A unique learning experience where you will tackle real-world water challenges with your own team!

  • You will increase your skills in: international cooperation; problem solving, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary teamwork, networking and presenting (pitch & poster);
  • You will get the opportunity to connect with other international water students/young professionals;
  • You will visit Muscat and surrounding: water-related, natural and cultural sites and meet water professionals;
  • You will learn, network and experience more about the international and regional water challenges, the main stakeholders and organisations, contemporary issues and current business opportunities;
  • You will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the program.


Study points

Several universities provide Studie Points to joining a Wetskills programme. It differs per institute how you can apply for this (sometimes with an extra assignment or as part of an internship) and how much points you will get. Ask your professor or study manager about the possibilities. Wetskills Foundation cannot provide Study Points itself, but can only provide assistance.

More information

But if you are interested to participate in one of the teams? Send Nynke Schaap (nynke.schaap@wetskills.com) or Johan Oost an email (johan.oost@wetskills.com). Omani candidates (from SQU and other universities/institutes) can contact Ahmed Al-Busaidi (ahmed99@squ.edu.om).

Call for Cases

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The Wetskills-Oman 2019 organization is looking for partners to step!

Would you as company, university, knowledge institute, government and/or NGO like to step in to make this Wetskills event in Muscat, Oman a success? Do you need a fresh look to one of your water challenges? Would you like to meet Young Talents? Please join as partner.

Read the Call for Cases Wetskills Oman 2019

More information

More information about the sponsorship requirements and other information to become partner, please contact Johan Oost (johan.oost@wetskills.com).

Case 1: Modular wastewater treatment units for flexible water quality improvement

Case owner: Waterschapsbedrijf Limburg (WBL), developer of the Verdygo concept (The Netherlands)

Oman has a large desert area with nomadic tribes, remote villages and oil production fields where water is scarce, but also treatment of wastewater is a challenge. Verdygo is a new, modular technology especially developed for flexible and cost effective water treatment. It is a design with modular, container-sized sewage plant above ground and each container has different wastewater treatment techniques. This makes it possible to design your own modular Sewage Treatment Plant that fulfills specific needs, is flexible and transportable. How could Vergygo contribute to improve the water quality in parts if Oman?

Case 2: 

Case owner: PDO (Oman)

information will be provided in a later stage

Case 3: 

Case owner: Haya Water (Oman)

information will be provided in a later stage

Case 4: about Water Footprint

Case owner: Omani Water

information will be provided in a later stage

Case 5: 

Case owner: 

information will be provided in a later stage

Event Partners

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March 15
March 26
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Sultan Qaboos University
Al Khoudh,Muscat 123
Muscat, Oman


Johan Oost
Ahmed Al-Busaidi
Nynke Schaap