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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.

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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.


Program Overview

The water challenge offers an exciting program of activities, running from January till May 2016:

Program format

 

Official Launch
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.

Campus Program
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.

Delta Academy
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.

“When asked if I’d like to develop my idea - of course I said “YES!”. I’d never been to Europe, or worked with smartphone applications, or worked with a Dutch company – I was terrified! Fortunately, everyone was very welcoming. I was amazed at the effort they put into making me feel welcome”
Kevin Loh, Winner Australia 2011
Kevin Loh, Winner Australia 2011
“It was a great experience for us, as Indonesia's young generation, to contribute our ideas for the development of Jakarta Bay. We learn a lot from the Dutch companies and how they think about solutions, which is much more than only engineering. It brought us to a better understanding about Indonesia, our beloved country.”
Aldea Permatasari Firdhaus, Amalia Handini Astari, Mochammad Imron & Aulia Fatwa Farizqa, Winners Indonesia 2014
Aldea Permatasari Firdhaus, Amalia Handini Astari, Mochammad Imron & Aulia Fatwa Farizqa, Winners Indonesia 2014
“The Holland Water Challenge brought me confidence and belief that an innovative idea is more important than gold. When preparing for the final, I spent days and nights to scheme a novel living-style with less carbon and safe water. So Many Thanks to my Dutch Friends, and Wish Our Friendship Forever!”
Li Xiang, Winner China 2010
Li Xiang, Winner China 2010
“An idea is like a projectile. Without a suitable catapult, it is just any ordinary stone incapable of making serious impact. In my case, the Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge was the perfect platform to launch my idea.”
Victor Sim, Winner Singapore 2012
Victor Sim, Winner Singapore 2012
"We're looking forward to making the most of the opportunity to take our idea to the next level and implement what we believe will be a valuable tool for the water industry and emergency services, both in Australia and internationally. Thanks to Holland Water Challenge for organising and supporting the program!"
Dan Peade & Paul Munro, Winners Australia 2013
Dan Peade & Paul Munro, Winners Australia 2013
"The Singapore-Netherlands Water Challenge really helped us use our knowledge to make a little difference on the issues of water reclamation. The award ceremony was great. The trip to Singapore was also very vauable. We would like to let other students know such a good competition!"
Leng Ling, Fan Jingyu, Wu Junhao & Lu Ka Kit, Winners Singapore 2013
Leng Ling, Fan Jingyu, Wu Junhao & Lu Ka Kit, Winners Singapore 2013
"The Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge offers a great opportunity for young people to make an impact in the area of climate change and disaster resilience. We are thankful to have had this wonderful experience."
Tracey Lloyd & Tom Perfrement, Winners Australia 2015
Tracey Lloyd & Tom Perfrement, Winners Australia 2015
"We love every second of the program and always remember the time being with the program as one of the greatest memories through student life. I hope to see you again with another challenges and programs. We have the youth and capabilities and what we need is a chance to prove it."
Pann Ei Ei Phyoe, Winning Team Myanmar 2016
Pann Ei Ei Phyoe, Winning Team Myanmar 2016