Summary The aim of the project is to introduce innovative approaches to Master’s degree level education in aquaculture and aquatic resources management in Cambodia, Nepal and Vietnam to accelerate the contribution of aquaculture to sustainable development. The immediate target group are university teachers and researchers in four key institutions. Through improvement of access to knowledge and appropriate teaching materials, students and ultimately the millions of farm families deriving at least part of their livelihood from aquaculture will benefit. Activities will consist of an inception workshop and curriculum development workshop at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). This will be followed by an in- service development phase with extensive support from AIT and EU partners leading to integrated packages and a workshop for finalization, dissemination and promotion of materials/modules. Project period: 36 months.
(a) Overall objective The overall objective of the project is to improve the livelihood of the many small farm households in South and Southeast Asia who have access to an aquatic resource, which is the basis for aquaculture. (b) Specific objective The immediate objective is to improve the quality of education at Master’s degree level in aquaculture and aquatic resources management in Cambodia, Nepal and Vietnam. This will be carried out through an innovative approach, which involves the development of a network of faculty subject matter specialists from universities in the region, coordinated and managed by the regional Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and supported by key European partners with experience in tropical aquaculture and aquatic resources management. The diverse experiences of aquaculture in the countries of the region will be shared through national and regional level workshops. Educational materials will be developed that incorporate up-to-date scientific knowledge and social and environmentally sustainable farming practice. Special attention will be given to the development of country-specific case study material, which will allow students to follow a learning process approach in their studies. Target groups and beneficiaries Several target groups or the beneficiaries of the Project may be distinguished, as follows:
The teaching staff at the partner institutions engaged in the teaching of the Master’s degree level programs in aquaculture. Approximately 25 staff will benefit in this category.
The Master’s degree level students at the partner institutions, currently 50 per year.
Other students engaged in the B.Sc. programs at the partner institutions, approximately 300 each year
Indirect beneficiaries: extension workers researchers, fish farmers and fishers throughout the target countries. The number could be in several millions.
Resources Management in Cambodia, Nepal and Vietnam