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Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Water and Coastal Management





Professional profiles and career opportunities

Like all interface systems, fresh water and marine environments are highly complex and dynamic. Any uncoordinated actions undertaken at all levels of governance or promoted by private entities may have dramatic consequences in the perspective of the fast changing environmental scenarios. Therefore, their management must be implemented through a strategic integration of the series of different technical items.

The objective of the new version of the EMJMD WACOMA  programme is to train future environmental managers and increase their employment competitiveness in the multidisciplinary domain of Water and Coastal Management, providing a solid knowledge of environmental and legal competencies concerning hazard and risk mitigation, adaptation, knowledge of the economic framework of climate change and green economy, coupled to decision making processes and policies related to the newest needs and emergencies.

The high-level and multidisciplinary training offered by WACOMA represents a complete study background that can be continued in Doctorate Programmes or lead to top career in the field of Environmental and Coastal Management. After this educational and professional path, the participants will develop: skills and competences in coastal planning and management, as well as in risk management; appropriate expertise to respond to coastal planning applications, data management activities, and the development and delivery of flood and coastal risk management projects; competences to plan interventions reducing pollutant impacts and ensuring good environmental status in the long term; ability to develop and deliver water and coastal risk management assets and influence the location and design of new developments to reduce risks to communities.

The expert will be able to work in a team, along with developers, public authority, land owners, professional partners and communities in order to prevent and manage the risks in coastal environment. Coastal management is striving to balance all the importance of the coastline (tourism, settlement, resource extraction, wildlife habitat, settlements and industry) and the coastal risk manager and decision makers are important professional figures, highly requested but not greatly available on the job market at the moment. Based on the Occupational Employment Statistics survey (United States Department of Labor, www.bls.gov/home.htm) this sort of expert profile, a combination of geoscientist-environmental scientist and coastal specialists, is projected to grow about 9-10% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Population growth in coastal area, the need for environmental protection and responsible land and resource management are expected to increase demand for expert in coastal management, thus increasing occupational opportunities.

WACOMA graduates may develop a career as:  

  • ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER, supporting decision-making function in a professional context
  • ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER, working on policies for sustainable development, consulting on environmental management systems, environmental accounting, environmental integration of structural funds
  • ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCHER, performing innovative research works in different fields, offering the added value of the interdisciplinary vision acquired during training.

WACOMA graduates may be employed in local, national and regional Public Authorities as well as in private companies in the field of ecosystem services, energy, chemistry, insurance, infrastructures, tourism. Universities; Research centers; Prevention, Protection and Control agencies; Consulting firms; NGOs; International bodies (e.g. EEA, UNEP).

WACOMA graduates may as well choose to work as freelance professionals.

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Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA)


EMA serves as a channel of communication for students, alumni, universities and the European Commission regarding the Erasmus Mundus Programmes. It offers an international professional and personal network for Erasmus Mundus students and graduates. EMA members are ambassadors of the Erasmus Mundus sharing the idea of international education and spread the message around the world; one of EMA goals is to increase the visibility of EM programmes and of European Education in general. Through Country Representatives and Programme Representatives (EMA Programme Representatives are EMA volunteers who have been selected as representatives of their EMJMD programmes. The main job as a Programme Representative (PR) is to be the contact person between an EMJMD’s students, alumni, course coordinators and EMA. PRs are the advocate of the students and alumni of their course within EMA, and the ambassadors of EMA within their courses)

WACOMA former elected Programme Representative is Nancy Awuor Oduor from Kenya (read her testimonial HERE).

WACOMA elected Programme Representative for the Academic Year 2020/2021 Victor Outeiro Almeida.

Victor Outeiro Almeida

Victor Outeiro Almeida

from United States of America

Cohort 2020-2022

I am proud to be the newly appointed Programme Representative for such an important, special and well recognized program like WACOMA. It is a title that I will wear proudly and a title that will receive my upmost respect and effort and I will always be ready to extend a helping hand.

My name is Victor Almeida and I am currently in the first year, first semester of the Erasmus Mundus Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA) master program at the University of Bologna.

My personal and educational backgrounds span across several countries, I was born in Brazil but at a young age my parents relocated to California where I spent most of my life. I pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography at Arizona State University and less than two years after I graduated, I was beginning a master’s degree in Marine and Coastal Systems at the University of Algarve, in Faro, Portugal. As I continue my education at the University of Bologna-Ravenna Campus, I acknowledge that my journey that led me here was full of educational and personal life lessons. I have been required to speak different languages, network and socialize with people from all over the world and to use my skills to accomplish all the goals I set for myself. I had to learn how to maintain a healthy balance between school and adapting to a new country and meeting new people, while everyone I relied on for support was on the opposite side of the world. Not only did I have success, I also realized that I had much more potential than I had ever given myself credit for” January 2021.

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EMA General Assembly

The EMA General Assembly (GA) 2020 is happening in Bucharest, Romania from May 15th to 17th 2020.

EMA General Assembly 2021

EMA's 2021 GA is themed 'New Normal, New Thinking' and is taking place virtually on 15 May 2021.

Register HERE now for the GA 2021 by May 11th, 23:00 (CEST).



Last update: 11 May 2021


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