Caring about the future

TH/Asia-Link/016 - Linking the post-graduate education in aquaculture and aquatic resources management with its industries through internship programme
Coordinator - António J. A. Nogueira
Programme - EUROPAID
Execution dates - 2007-09-01 - 2010-12-31 (40 Months)
Funding Entity - EU – Asia-Link Programme
Funding for CESAM - 26000 €
Total Funding - 959157 €
Proponent Institution - Asia Institute of Technology (Thailand)
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
University of Stirling, UK
Tribhuvan University, IAAS, Rampur, Nepal
Research Institute for Aquaculture No. 1 - Hanoi, Vietnam
University of Agriculture and Forestry, HCM City, Vietnam
Royal University of Agriculture, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Project Description
The goal of the project is to improve the livelihood of resource-poor farmers in South and Southeast Asia through sustainable management of aquaculture and aquatic resources. Higher education plays important roles; however, the degree of success in achieving this goal depends on the effectiveness of the education systems/programs. Realizing the weak link between the University education and industry or the real field situation in the field of aquaculture and aquatic resources management, it is proposed to design and launch “Internship” programs for post-graduate students in order to provide more practical knowledge and problem solving skills. The proposed project aims to develop a system to support post-graduate students of European and Asian institutions to work with Aquaculture/Fisheries industries in Asia.

Under this program, Asian partner institutions in their respective countries/locations will work jointly with the host organizations i.e. private commercial farms, non-government organizations, and research and extension offices of the government. Upon completion of 1- year course work, their post-graduate students in their respective countries/locations will work for at least six months to assist their host organizations. The selected students and the Local coordinator in consultation with the students’ advisors will choose the host organizations and make necessary arrangements. During the internship program, students will identify the problems of the real world while working with them, devise research plans for their thesis work and carry out thesis research to recommend the practical solutions. Similarly, the European partner institutions will also recruit and send their students to these Asian institutions and/or their host organizations for the same purpose.

Over the period of three years, at least 36 Asian students (3 students per institution/year) will be supported to work in the field under this internship program. At least 20 instructors of the Asian partner institutions (5 per partner) and four European instructors will also be involved in the process. Four Asian instructors (1 per partner) will be doing internship while others will serve as committee members of the student’s evaluation and assist in monitoring their work and visiting host organizations under internship program. At the same time, at least eight European students will be recruited by the European partners to come and work with Asian partner institutions and/or their host organizations to get real field experience which could be a part of their thesis work or credits for community work depending upon their University systems and requirements. All of these interns will give a public seminar about their work. They will also publish their work in international journals or magazines depending upon the quality and the suitability of the contents. Instructors from AIT and European partners will serve as resource persons for seminars, and evaluation of student thesis work as well as the evaluation of internship programs.

Project webpage

CESAM members on this project
António José Arsénia Nogueira
Researcher (Local PI)

CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020