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?
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.)
- 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.
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.
But if you are interested to participate in one of the teams? Send Nynke Schaap (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Johan Oost an email (email@example.com). Omani candidates (from SQU and other universities/institutes) can contact Ahmed Al-Busaidi (firstname.lastname@example.org).