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Erasmus Mundus – Joint Programmes

GroundwatCH – Joint Master Programme in Groundwater and Global Change – Impacts and Adaptation

#Master #Groundwater & Environment

GroundwatCH is a Joint Master funded by the ERASMUS+ programme and provided by an international Consortium of three Universities (IST Lisboa, Portugal; IHE Delft, The Netherlands; TU Dresden, Germany) and having several Public Institutions and private companies as partners, with large experience on groundwater hydrogeology. About 20 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree scholarships will be available per year over a period of four years (2019 – 2022) on a competitive basis. There are two types of scholarships, depending on whether your country of residence is a partner or programme country.

As the largest liquid freshwater reservoir on earth, groundwater has both a huge environmental and economic value, and will be an essential resource for adaptation to climate change and reduction of socio-economic vulnerability, particularly in regions where freshwater availability is highly variable and frequently limited. Several factors foster the need for a more comprehensive and multidisciplinary educational groundwater programme.

The programme is organized around the following thematic areas: (1) Hydrogeology; (2) Groundwater Data Collection, Interpretation and Modelling; (3) Climate Processes and Modelling; (4) Integrated River Basin and Water Resource Management; (5) Groundwater and Environmental Impacts; (6) Groundwater, Society and Policies; and (7) Groundwater, Climate and Global Change Impacts and Adaptation. The students start the academic year in September at IST in Lisbon, where during the first semester they receive courses addressing core competences in Thematic Areas 1-6, totaling 30 ECTS. In March of the following year, the students will move to UNESCO-IHE in Delft, where they acquire 30 ECTS in the second semester, taking advanced courses within Thematic Areas 2 and 4-7. Following conclusion of the second semester and the summer break, the students then move to the Technical University of Dresden, where they study during the third semester, obtaining advanced training (30 ECTS) in Thematic Areas 3 and 7, through compulsory teaching modules in climate modelling and groundwater-soil-land-climate feedback mechanisms, as well as a study project. Here the students will also have a number of optional modules from which they can choose two, specializing in a certain direction, depending on their thesis subject.

IST candidates may contact the IST International Affairs (NMCI) office for support on the preparation of the application.

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MIR – Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programme in Marine and Maritime Intelligent Robotics

#Master #Marine and Maritime Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

The MIR Master, innovatively combines Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in the context of advancing marine and maritime science and their technological applications. MIR Master programme aims at building the capacity of future engineers to enable advancements in the development and operation of new robotics systems with far-reaching impact on techniques necessary for ocean exploration and exploitation.

The challenges that lie ahead can only be met by bringing together fast-paced developments in robotics and AI methods with a view to sustained autonomy and on-line decision making in the unforgiving marine environment. The MIR Master’s is designed to provide training in state-of-the-art applied robotics targeted at enhancing the efficiency, health, safety and environmental performance of the offshore industry, maritime operations, and marine science studies.

A MIR Graduate upon completion of the programme will have a deepened understanding of marine processes and challenges in order to develop robots that will interact in-and-with it, as well as develop technological solutions to mitigate and adapt to future environmental challenges (such as pollution, climate change impacts, etc.)

MIR students can specialize in one of the 3 study tracks :

  • Safe autonomous subsea operations;
  • Cooperative marine robotics for scientific and commercial applications; or
  • Applied robotics for underwater intervention missions.

About 20 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree scholarships will be available per year over a period of four years (2020 – 2023) on a competitive basis.

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