The water sector is a major economic domain in Europe and one of the most important public service provided to the communities. During the last decade, the water utilities, like Suez Environment or Veolia, have strongly invested and recruited numerous professionals. In parallel, it is really surprising to see the limited investment made by the educational environment in order to answer to the demands of the companies and more generally of the society. The educational sector in Europe is still offering “traditional curricula”, focused on disciplinary approach like hydraulics and fluid mechanics. It has difficulties to promote the multi-disciplinary and technical changes needed by the professional environment. Paradoxically, the number of offered curricula is globally decreasing face to an increasing demand. This situation has been pointed out by several European national entities (UK, France, Germany, Spain...), by third countries (India, Bangladesh, China, South Korea, Japan...), by international agencies (like UN-WMO) underlying the urgency to redevelop curricula in this field.
In order to structure and build the answer to these needs and to create as well a solid offer to cover the demand, EuroAquae Consortium has successfully established and promoted, since 2004 and within the Erasmus Mundus framework, the first ever created European joint MSc degree: "EuroAquae – Euro HydroInformatics and Water Management".
Of course EuroAquae cannot pretend to answer all of the demands but the training provides a number of qualified graduates into the specific international Hydroinformatics field. At the international scale, the EuroAquae Master is the single 2 years master programme focused on Hydroinformatics and Water Management. The course presents a completely different approach from the traditional master courses dealing with water related topics. It’s clearly the only one training which targets the best international professional level for leading engineering companies and water utilities.
The annual needs for professionals could be estimated to 50, at least, for the European Union and more than 300 worldwide concerning both initial and continuing education (long life learning program). The fact that all EuroAquae graduates have easily obtained a job contract is a positive indication in this sense. Accordingly, specialization and training of executive engineers and managers are the key issues for this needed progress. The European knowledge, know-how and good practices in sustainable water management and hydroinformatics are references and they constitute the central elements of a common technical culture widely requested. The EuroAquae partners share this vision and this ambition for the future.
The Master builds this vision, in a synergy way, from the major competencies of each academic partner and his professional environment, with the ambition to create a program able to cover successfully all mentioned aspects, to maintain and promote the essential research and development activities, at the highest level. The master is defined to welcome about 40 participants each year.