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As reported in an earlier post, Viviane from Generation 2 represented EuroAquae at the General Assembly of the EMA in Budapest on the 24th and 25th of June 2011. Viviane was kind enough to report on her experiences from the General Assembly.

Viviane writes:

… the issues we have on Euro Aquae (quality assurance, diplomas,course contents, mobility,et. [sic]) are common to many other master courses and the comission [sic] is aware of most of them and open to receive inputs.

Furthermore she feels that:

… I would like to stress the message about the importance of participating and contributing with your ideas, opinions and disagreements, because that is the only way we can be heard. As we won’t be heard individually.

Her full account of the event is available on the EAAA Forums.

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Election Results for the EMA Course Representatives

The elections for the course representative to the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA) General Assembly are over with the results being declared some while back. Viviane from Generation 2 will be representing the EuroAquae students and alumni at the EMA General Assembly meeting to be held in Budapest on the 24th and 25th of June 2011. Congratulations Viviane on winning the elections. We hope that your visit to Budapest would be a nice experience. If you have any issues you would like to be brought up in front of the General Assembly please contact Viviane directly by making use of our forums or by writing us an email. Direct link to the news bulletin is here.

Update: (20/04/2011) Representatives from the European Commission are usually present at the EMA General Assembly to answer questions from students. In case you have any questions about Erasmus Mundus that you would like to be answered by the European Commission, this is your opportunity to do so. Please send us your questions through any of the means mentioned above.

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Several former EuroAquae students and students related to EuroAquae, e.g. through Action 3 and HydroAsia, participated in this years “International Conference on Hydroinformatics” held in Tianjin, China during the second week of September.
One of the students was Carolina Furlan (G4) who shared her experiences with us.
Carolina had the great opportunity to present a paper of her project work at SUEZ Environment (France). It was very interesting for her to observe what kind of tools and methods people all around the world are developing to analyze floods and manage urban waters. However, the conference didn’t only focus on flood management and urban waters but offered a great portfolio of subjects. In addition, the conference was a great platform for networking and gave the participants the opportunity to make new contacts in the professional field. Carolina even had the chance to meet some “celebrities”, such as Mr. Abbott who all of us should be familiar with because of the numerical methods he developed. It also gave her the opportunity to visit China and to meet former EuroAquae students living and working in China.

Mike Abbot, Carolina and Prof. Goubersville

In summary, Carolina was able to see the development of the use of hydroinformatc tools to analyze, manage and solve problems in the water sector. She expects that this development will continue so that EuroAquae students will also not have problems in the future to find good jobs 😉
The next “International Conference on Hydroinformatics” takes place in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. The focus will be on recent advances in mathematical modeling, evaluating the impact of climate change on the hydrological cycle and the consequences for society and environment. The EAAA hopes for a great number of participants from the EuroAquae community!!
Participants from EuroAquae

EuroAquae students and alumni who participated in the conference.

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HydroAsia 2010: A Report

The 4th edition of HydroAsia was held in University of Incheon (South Korea) from 12th – 20th August, 2010. It was attended by nearly 40 students from 10 different countries including South Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, France, Spain, Germany, Singapore and India. Among those six are from EuroAquae Masters program (1 from G4, 1 from G5 and 4 from G6). The participants worked on the urban flooding problem that occurred in Incheon and came up with engineering solutions using different hydroinformatic tools.

The intensive one week program comprised of teamwork, lectures and field trips. Apart from working as a team, lectures were given on the related topic by various professors from the participating universities. The field trip to Incheon downtown was helpful in understanding the problem better and for applying the gained knowledge in finding the desired solutions. Each team had brainstorming sessions with the team advisors for finding the solutions.

At the end, each team got 20 minutes to present their work and also on the team specific topic. One team was awarded the best team of HydroAsia 2010 based on the presentation and one of the participants was awarded Most Valuable Player (MVP) considering all the aspects. After working hours, we also had a chance to experience Korean culture. Some of our Korean friends took us to Seoul for sightseeing. We also got a chance to taste delicious Korean food.

On the last day of HydroAsia, the management had arranged for a traditional Korean dinner. After stuffing our tummies, it was the time to say goodbye to all our friends. Within a week, we developed a strong bond of friendship which we felt when the time came for bidding farewell. We’ll stay in touch forever friends!!
Kamsa Hamnidha (Thanks) and Thoma Nayo (Good bye) Incheon!! See you again next year with different set of student.

[Authors: Gopi and Anne]

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Gopi and Tong from Generation 5, who recently graduated and are also part of the Coordination board of the EAAA have contributed on a report about the graduation ceremony which follows:
The Graduation Ceremony of Generation 5 (2008‐2010) was held on 3rd September, 2010 at Brandenburg Technological University (BTU), Cottbus (Germany). The ceremony was presided by the Prof. Frank Molkenthin, EuroAquae Director at BTU Cottbus and welcomed all the students and special invitees for the ceremony. The President of BTU Cottbus was invited as the Chief Guest. He handed over the diploma to all the students and wished everyone for their successful career. EuroAquae Alumni Association would like to thank the President of BTU Cottbus who came over in spite of his busy schedule. The ceremony was also attended by EuroAquae Program Director Philippe Gourbesville (UNSA), Janos Jozsa (BUET), Manuel Gomaz (UPC), Dr. Paul Quinn (NU), Dr. Bader (BTU) and other professors and mentors of EuroAquae. Prof. Philippe Gourbesville gave vote of thanks and wished all the future masterminds in the World of water.

Graduates 2010

EuroAquae graduates after receiving their certificates

The preparations for the graduation ceremony were done by former EuroAquae students [Anne (G4), Vikram (G2) and Chi Yu (G2)], our very own Nadine Taube (G5) and the EuroAquae Management at BTU Cottbus. EuroAquae Alumni Association (EAAA) takes this opportunity to thank Frau Nele Zechel, EuroAquae course coordinator at BTU Cottbus for arranging such a wonderful ceremony. Our special thanks to Ms. Nadine Taube without who it wouldn’t have been possible for us to have such a grand ceremony. The diploma distribution was followed by a video presentation prepared by G5 students showing the sweet memories during our two year journey. This was followed by the photo session and drinks.
The management had arranged an official lunch at Mensa (University Canteen at BTU). After the delicious lunch, we started walking towards Branitz Park talking about the journey over the past two years. Sweet aroma of BBQ welcomed us when we came back from the park. We continued talking about our experiences over the past two years. In the end, it was time to bid farewell to all our friends.
Wherever we’ll be, we’ll keep in touch guys!! We guys rocked and we’ll rock forever!!

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EuroAquae Graduation 2010

The Graduation Ceremony for the 5th generation of EuroAquae students was held in Cottbus with the usual zest on the 3rd of September 2010. Congratulations to all the graduates and good luck for your future careers!

Graduation 2010

EuroAquae Generation 5 (2008-10) Students after receiving their degrees.

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News: EuroAquae website has migrated.

The process of migration of the official EuroAquae website which had been going on for some time is now complete. All requests for the old website http://www.euroaquae.org/ are now being redirected to the new website which can be found at http://master.euroaquae.eu. If you have troubles using the new website or logging into the protected sections of the new site, please get in touch with the webmaster of the new site at “r o o t @ e u r o a q u a e . e u” (remove all the spaces).

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