WACOMA - Water and Coastal Management

Project Coordinator: Elena Fabbri
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Unibo structure involved: Department of Biological, Geological and environmental sciences
Unibo Team: Administrative Coordinator: Daniela Farinelli; Tutor: Filomena Volpe

Website:
https://wacoma.unibo.it/

Project Duration in months: 60
Start Date: 01/10/2017
End Date: 30/09/2022

Partners
Coordinator: ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA (IT)

Partners: P2 UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE (PT); P3 UNIVERSIDAD DE CADIZ (ES)

Associated Partner: P-ASC UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK (IR); P-ASC ARPA E-R (IT); P-ASC COMUNE DI RAVENNA (IT); P-ASC FONDAZIONE FLAMINIA (IT); P-ASC REGIONE EMILIA ROMAGNA (IT); P-ASC LIGHTHOUSE SPA (IT); P-ASC TECHNO SRL (IT); P-ASC MARALGARVE (PT); P-ASC AGENCIA STATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACION CIENTIFICA (ES); P-ASC TECNO AMBIENTE SL (ES); P-ASC CENTRO NACIONAL DE MONETORAMIENTO E ALERTAS DESASTRES NATURAIS (BR); P-ASC FUNDACION UNIVERSIDADE DO VALE (BR); P-ASC INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE EDUCACION SANTA CECILIA (BR); P-ASC UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE SAO PAULO (BR); P-ASC UNIVERSIDADE DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL (BR); P-ASC EMPRESA DO SERVICIOS PORTUARIOS DO ORIENTE (CUBA); P-ASC UNIVERSIDADE DE ORIENTE (CUBA); P-ASC RUSSIAN STATE HIDROMETEROLOGICAL UNVIERSITY (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)

Degree Type: Multiple degree

Budget: 3.089.000,00 euro

Description
The proposed EMJMD course in Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA) is a two-year (120 ECTS) international, innovative, and methodologically diversified master degree, entirely taught in English and jointly designed and implemented by three EU Universities (Bologna, Algarve and Cadiz) in collaboration with 1 Programme Country HEI from Ireland, 6 Partner Countries HEIs from Brazil, Cuba and Russia, and 11 international non-academic Partners, including public bodies, research centers and enterprises. Building on the needs analysis conducted in tight collaboration with non-academic partners and stakeholders in the sector, and on the previous long-lasting experiences of the Consortium, an innovative academic and practical training programme in the multidisciplinary domain of water and coastal risk management has been designed. The main objective of the Master WACOMA is to train future environmental managers, 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. Coupling of these competencies to decision making processes and policies related to the requirements of governance and market needs, is the cornerstone of this initiative.

A modular teaching framework is designed to enable students with different backgrounds to choose an appropriate academic pathway. In the first year of studies students will attend compulsory basic modules (30 ECTS) taught in Bologna (1st semester) followed by an intensive advanced topic Winter School at UALG (6 ECTS) and specialized optional modules (2nd semester) in Cadiz (30 ECTS chosen from a wide selection of 90 ECTS). The second year is intended to be mostly 'hands on', enabling the trainees to have closer contact with the practical aspects of coastal & water policy issues tackled by the Partners of the consortium, in different socio-economic and geographic settings. The 2nd year structure includes internship (8 ECTS) and a dissertation project (34 ECTS) complemented by transferable skills modules (12 ECTS). Internships at non-academic Partners and conferences with large participations of stakeholders are a core part of the programme. Bringing together non-educational Partners and HEIs, WACOMA aims at consolidating and developing new synergies and cooperative efforts among relevant stakeholders around a shared theme such as water and coastal risk management. This partnership will also improve the WACOMA international visibility towards the non-academic environment and enhance graduates employment prospects. WACOMA graduates will be internationally and interculturally skilled professionals, equipped with more than predefined basic technical knowledge to thrive in rapidly evolving jobs, as those concerning water and coastal risk management in the global scenario.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union