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Cases and participants for Wetskills-China 2019

Wetskills Again To China!! The first Wetskills Water Challenge ever was organized in China during the WorldExpo 2010 in Shanghai and last year Wetskills had a successful event in China again. Guess where we aimed to go this year as well… China!! This edition of Wetskills will take the participants to the great city of Hangzhou with the beautiful XiHu (West Lake) and booming Shanghai (period: 29 May 2018 – 11 June 2018, to be confirmed). This event will be organized in close cooperation with the largest water event worldwide: Aquatech China in Shanghai (3-5 June) and the organisation is still planning a great final event in Shanghai or Hangzhou. The Wetskills Foundation invites Chinese and international Bachelor, Master, PhD students and recent graduates to apply for the Wetskills Water Challenge programme in Hangzhou and Shanghai. To all who are interested in water challenges and the ancient heritage of Hangzhou and the booming Shanghai: this is your chance!...

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Wetskills back in Oman with a Water (Energy & Food) Challenge!

After the successful 'Royal' Wetskills Oman in 2012 and the unique SunGlacier Challenge in 2018, Wetskills will be back in Oman! Since our first Challenge in Oman, in 2012, the relations between Wetskills, the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the Dutch Embassy have remained warm. Not surprisingly SQU and Wetskills combined forces again last spring to organize a unique SunGlacier Challenge, and in September five Omani students from SQU participated in Wetskills the Netherlands. 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...

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Wetskills Team member Chrysoula: Young AIWW Ambassador

(source: www.amsterdamiww.com) Chrysoula Papacharalampou, as Wetskills Team member (joining Wetskills-The Netherlands in 2015, supervisor of Wetskills-United Kingdom 2017 in Bath and preparing Wetskills event for Wetskills-The Netherlands 2019 during the AIWW) was awarded the title of Young Professional Ambassador of AIWW in 2017. She is one of the speakers at the AIWW Summit 2018 (in Rotterdam on 15 November 2018), dedicated to inspire us about ‘water identities’, which reflect on the human side of the current water issues. Water identities Chrysoula: ‘Your water identity is the way a person is shaped by aspects of life they didn’t determine themselves, but which do influence the way we think about water.’ Chrysoula moved from Greece to the UK, had to reshape her thinking about water and had to reshape it again after her move to the Netherlands. ‘People in the Netherlands live with water. It made me aware of the existence of water identities and how...

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Winning case in Kyrgyzstan: Sustainable financing of the irrigation sector

‘Producing electricity to provide finances for water infrastructure by reinvesting money to local farmers, instead of import and loans’, grabs the core of the concept for financing the irrigation sector in Kyrgyzstan, announced by the five-headed jury on 26thof October in Bishkek. The winning concept is developed in the two-week pressure-cooker Wetskills by the team ‘Watek’, consisting of Jibek Turgunbaeva (Kyrgyz National Agrarian University (KNAU)), Zarina Kaarova (Kyrgyz State University of Construction, Transport and Architecture), Jamalidin Sadridin Uulu (Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University) and Bas Merten (Wageningen University, Netherlands).One of their important aspects was to set up crowdfunding to create ownership for farmers and generate more transparency due to many investors international, national and to provide the diaspora of Kyrgyzstan with a way to support their country.   As the team tells in their inspiring 2-minute pitch: ‘We will take this opportunity to invest in our electricity and agriculture so that Kyrgyzstan can...

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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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