It was a remarkable sight during the official opening dinner of the Holland Water Week in Shanghai as five Chinese students took the limelight in the impressive ballroom of the Oriental Riverside Hotel. Enjoying their personal moment of fame, they went from table to table toasting with the many senior government and corporate representatives attending the event from China and the Netherlands.
Just a few hours earlier, these ambitious young water engineers had been on stage to compete for the top honours in the final of the Holland Water Challenge, a competition among the top universities in China in the field of water technology. Launched in January 2010, more than 40 students from 6 universities competed in four consecutive rounds of interviews and presentations, to come-up with the most innovative and commercially attractive proposal for the application of a new water technology.
The Holland Water Challenge - China 2011 was successfully concluded during a Grand Final in Shanghai on the 31st of May. The event was attended by senior faculty and students from Chinese universities, leading Dutch water technology companies (including Evides, Norit, DHV, BersonUV and Philips), Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in China, IWA, Aquatech, BenCham and the South-Holland Hebei Co-Development Program. Read the full report here!
Holland Water Challenge featured on Waterforum.net - click here to read the article!
The Singapore edition of the Holland Water Challenge was officially launched on the 6th of July by His Excellency Johannes W.G. Jansing, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Singapore, during the Singapore International Water Week. Read everything about the launch here.
The Campus Presentations for the Holland Water Challenge - Singapore have been announced. The participating partners (Boskalis, Deltares, Royal Haskoning, PUB Singapore and the Singapore-Delft Water Alliance) wlll be presenting their assignments for the competition at the National University of Singapore (6 October), TU Delft (18 October) and Swinburne University of Technology (19 October). More information here.