Welcome to the Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challenge 2016
The Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challenge is an exciting program in which university students and young professionals are invited to investigate key water problems in their own country and cooperate with professionals experts to develop their own ideas and solutions. The program specifically appeals to the interests, skills and capabilities of young people and challenges them to apply their own original and independent thinking.
Under the theme SMART DELTA, the program in 2016 engages students and young professionals in Myanmar with the challenges of sustainable delta development. Participants are encouraged to develop ideas and solutions for the Ayeyarwady Delta, supported by professional experts from the Dutch partners.
Lead partners of the challenge are four world-leading companies from the Netherlands: Arcadis, Van Oord, Royal HaskoningDHV and Deltares. They will be highlighting different dimensions of the Delta - related to their own area of expertise - and support the student teams to develop and present their ideas. On behalf of the Dutch goverment, the Netherlands Embassy in Yangon acts as strategic partner of the program.
The program is organised in close cooperation with nine universities and institutes in Myanmar. Coordinating university is Yangon University of Technology.
The water challenge offers an exciting program of activities, running from January till May 2016:
The Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challenge was officially launched during a celebratory event at Yangong Technological University on 18 January 2016. Representatives from the Myanmar and Netherlands government, universities, companies as well as students will be invited.
With the team of professionals we organised two half-day, on-campus programs to introduce the water challenge program to students and give them an interesting introduction to the Smart Delta theme. The program offered opportunities for students to actively participate and meet with the professional experts. The first session was hosted at YTU on 29 February, the second session at MMU on 1 March.
The Delta Academy is an intensive 3-day program - taking place from 10-12 May 2016 - that offers a rich variety of activities, including field trips, workshops, team assignments, networking events and much more! Forty selected students and young professionals were invited to participate.