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Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Water and Coastal Management

WACOMA

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EMJMD WACOMA Students Representatives

Members of the Quality Assurance Board; Members of the Advisory Board.

The main role of Students Representatives is to gather and communicate the students’ point of view, needs and suggestions reporting both positive feedback and concerns about issues that may affect the students’ experience. Students Representative are Members of the Quality Assurance Board and participate to internal evaluation procedures. They are Members of the Advisory Board, in charge of evaluating the EMJMD programme and its development in order to suggest actions for improvement. Students Representatives are elected by their cohort peers (WACOMA students).

The mandate is valid until graduation.

Elected EMJMD WACOMA Students Representatives

Student representatives cohort 2019/21

  • Laura Denisse Chavarrìa Zuñiga
  • Mohamed El Hadary
Laura Denisse Chavarrìa Zuñiga

Q. How did you hear about EMJMD WACOMA and why did you decide to apply?

A. I heard from the Erasmus Master program from a former student. Afterward, I decided to check the offer and I found WACOMA very appealing due to the focus on water management and coastal zones. My country, Costa Rica, has many kilometers of shoreline and I desired to understand more how the coastal environment interacts with other ecosystems. I was also very interested in water management and to learn how to properly manage freshwater and groundwater resources. So, the program offered me both perspectives. Also, the master has both thesis and internship which allows you to acquire work experience before graduation.

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Laura Denisse Chavarrìa Zuñiga
from Costa Rica

EMJMD WACOMA Students’ Representative Cohort 2019-2021

Student representatives cohort 2018/20

  • Giannoukakou-Leontsini Ifigeneia
  • Richard Takyi
Giannoukakou-Leontsini Ifigeneia

Q. How did you hear about EMJMD WACOMA and why did you decide apply?

A. I found out about EMJMD during my undergraduate Erasmus study in Portugal, through some Portuguese colleagues. Given that my parents studied and worked abroad, while growing up I always had the desire to travel while studying. During my undergraduate degree in Oceanography, I had the chance to cooperate with Professionals in the field of Coastal Engineering and Management that caught my attention. Consequently, I decided to apply to WACOMA in order to acquire the appropriate knowledge and expertise in that area. Since WACOMA’s courses are organized not only by Professors, but also by Field Specialists and that the application was open to students from a wide range of Sciences, the eagerness to see myself into the WACOMA family grew.

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Giannoukakou-Leontsini Ifigeneia
from Greece

EMJMD WACOMA Students’ Representative Cohort 2018-2020

Richard Takyi

Q. How did you hear about EMJMD WACOMA and why did you decide apply?

A. I got to know about WACOMA via a friend and colleague at the University of Cape Coast. He knew I was looking for an opportunity to pursue further study abroad since I have had all my education in Ghana. I decided to apply because I thought it will add extra knowledge to what I already had in the field of coastal management and introduce me to new areas in natural sciences that I did not have knowledge about.

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Richard Takyi
from Ghana

EMJMD WACOMA Students’ representative Cohort 2018-2020

 

 

Last update: 28 May 2020

Giannoukakou-Leontsini Ifigeneia from Greece

Q. How did you hear about EMJMD WACOMA and why did you decide apply?

A. I found out about EMJMD during my undergraduate Erasmus study in Portugal, through some Portuguese colleagues. Given that my parents studied and worked abroad, while growing up I always had the desire to travel while studying. During my undergraduate degree in Oceanography, I had the chance to cooperate with Professionals in the field of Coastal Engineering and Management that caught my attention. Consequently, I decided to apply to WACOMA in order to acquire the appropriate knowledge and expertise in that area. Since WACOMA’s courses are organized not only by Professors, but also by Field Specialists and that the application was open to students from a wide range of Sciences, the eagerness to see myself into the WACOMA family grew.

Q. Why you decided to participate in the Students’ Representatives elections?

A. Considering that I have already studied and worked in four Universities, I feel comfortable expressing team’s concerns and sharing them with the Professors and the Field Specialists and thus, cooperate in a positive way during our stay abroad.

Q. Please can you give a short comment on your experience during the 1st semester?

A. First semester was organized with lots of lectures and field trips which made me integrate quickly the WACOMA life. I was also amazed on the way that our team, soon became an international family.

Q. We would like to know about your expectations for the 3 semesters to come as a EMJMD WACOMA Student and your prospects in professional careers.

A. My expectation is to get trained by Professionals in the field of Coastal Management and gain hands-on experience. My goal is to start a career as a Coastal Manager with an effect on vulnerable coastal areas Worldwide and someday bring all that knowledge and implement sustainable strategies in Greece.

EMJMD WACOMA Students’ Representative Cohort 2018-2020

Richard Takyi from Ghana

Q. How did you hear about EMJMD WACOMA and why did you decide apply?

A. I got to know about WACOMA via a friend and colleague at the University of Cape Coast. He knew I was looking for an opportunity to pursue further study abroad since I have had all my education in Ghana. I decided to apply because I thought it will add extra knowledge to what I already had in the field of coastal management and introduce me to new areas in natural sciences that I did not have knowledge about.

Q. Why you decided to participate in the Students’ Representatives elections?

A. I felt it was an opportunity to help my colleagues in every way I could to make their period of study with WACOMA comfortable.

Q. Please can you give a short comment on your experience during the 1st semester?

A. Although I was one of the three people to arrive late for the semester due to visa delays, I think it was very engaging since there were a lot of lectures, exercises and field activities.

Q. We would like to know about your expectations for the 3 semesters to come as a EMJMD WACOMA Student and your prospects in professional careers.

A. My expectation is to be exposed to more areas in the field of study. Have some time to experience other European countries, diversity and cultures.
I wish to have a career as an expert with a civil society organization that pushes sustainable water and coastal management processes in my country.

EMJMD WACOMA Students’ representative Cohort 2018-2020

Laura Denisse Chavarrìa Zuñiga from Costa Rica

Q. How did you hear about EMJMD WACOMA and why did you decide to apply?

A. I heard from the Erasmus Master program from a former student. Afterward, I decided to check the offer and I found WACOMA very appealing due to the focus on water management and coastal zones. My country, Costa Rica, has many kilometers of shoreline and I desired to understand more how the coastal environment interacts with other ecosystems. I was also very interested in water management and to learn how to properly manage freshwater and groundwater resources. So, the program offered me both perspectives. Also, the master has both thesis and internship which allows you to acquire work experience before graduation.

Q. Why did you decide to participate in the Students’ Representatives elections?

The nomination came from another classmate. Since the beginning I was very outspoken, and I believe does the reason why my classmates choose me. I agreed so I can support and help in the improvement of the master.

Q. Please can you give a short comment on your experience of the WACOMA program so far?

Far more than the professional development and the acquirement of knowledge, WACOMA has been a deeply personal growth experience. It is not an easy task to leave home and a good job position to pursue the goal of higher education. Nonetheless, I would not do it any differently. WACOMA is an excellent opportunity to learn from three different universities and countries and it gives you the chance to open your prospects to a new field of study. Also, the diversity in countries of your other classmates allows you to learn about different ways of life, culture, and experiences. And to be honest, it has been really fun!

Q. We would like to know about your expectations for your 2nd year as a EMJMD WACOMA Student and your prospects in professional careers.

Now, I am starting my thesis project. I will be working with coastal city management based on ecosystem services at the University of Cadiz. I also need to do my internship. I think the 2nd year will be a lot of work but I’m very excited to start working on a project for an extended period and be able to go deep in a particular subject. For the prospects in professional careers, I am hoping that WACOMA opens the door for me to start working in water and coastal management as a consultant, but sometimes I consider also getting my Ph.D. Time will tell.

EMJMD WACOMA Students’ Representative Cohort 2019-2021

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