EURASTiP Capacity Building Foresight Workshop #3:

Enhancing Opportunities for Mobility  between South-East Asia and Europe in the Aquaculture Sector

Location: Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Date: 18 November 2019

Overall aim: bringing together aquaculture parties from both Europe and south-east Asia to discuss trends, opportunities and areas for increased future strategic cooperation in relation to mobility provisions within the aquaculture sector.

A key focus of the EURASTiP project is to promote mobility between Europe and south-east Asia and strengthen collaboration of educational organisations, including work-integrated learning. Both the European and south-east Asian aquaculture sector offer different learning opportunities and there are evident mutual benefits in increased cooperation between the two regions, including exchanging experience through mobility.

Increased mobility allows people to develop their professional, social and intercultural skills and hence to increase their employability. People who have taken part in an international mobility experience say they have a greater appreciation of other cultures and most report an improvement in their transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, and communication. It is these transferable skills what most employers internationally are looking for when recruiting new talent. Another major benefit of international mobility and exchange is that it strengthens international relationships and makes lasting connections. As such, this workshop focuses on the different experiences and current practices of mobility programmes between Europe and south-east Asia. It provides a space for attendees to identify best practice, innovative ideas and opportunities for increased future mobility collaborations.


Video footage

Highlight Video:

Session 1: Welcome (Marieke Reuver, AquaTT) and EURASTiP Presentation (David Bassett, EATiP):

Session 2: Mobility in Aquaculture Education – insights and stories from south-east Asia and Europe

  • Mobility ASEAN-FEN:
    • Prof Dr Mohd Effendy Abd Wahid, Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries and Food Science (UMT, Malaysia):
    • Prof Dr Sukree Hajisamae, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology (PSU, Thailand):
  • Experience of European Mobility
    • Dr Fernando Afonso, International Mobility Office of the Faculty Veterinary Medicine, ULisboa (Portugal):
    • Jean Dhont, Ghent University, Coordinator ASEANplus Regional Platform, Dept Internationalisation, Ghent University (Belgium):

Session 3: Mobility in the international Aquaculture Sector: Setting the Scene and Panel discussion

Within the aquaculture sector, Europe and south-east Asia have been collaborating for many years in relation to mobility. There is mobility taking place in various forms; between academic institutes (e.g. joint courses), from education to industry and the other way around (e.g. internship programmes, industry exchanges), and so forth. This session will explore real-life examples and experiences with different mobility types, highlighting the benefits it provided to its participants, and what they feel might be current challenges to be solved to consolidate existing and enhance future successful collaboration between the two regions.

  • Hosting a researcher in a Spanish university through the EURASTiP Exchange Programme Mobility in Research – Dr Lluis Tort, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain):
  • Exploring research exchange from Malaysia to Spain – Dr Sharifah Noor Emilia, UMT (Malaysia):
  • Collaborative Education Exchange promoting global understanding of the aquaculture industry from Malaysia to the Netherlands – Dr Noordiyana Mat Noordin, UMT (Malaysia):
  • Exploring Diversity in Aquaculture, experience from EDinAqua – Pamela Ernstberger, Pisces Learning (Italy):
  • Role of BATiP in Capacity Building through International Mobility – A Bangladeshi perspective – Dr Meezanur Rahman, BATiP/World Fish (Bangladesh):
  • Maltese Research/Industry perspective on student internships in research/industry – Tamás Bardócz, AquaBioTech (Malta):

Session 4: EURASTiP Education Training Materials: An Introduction

  • Dr John Bostock (University of Stirling, UK) & Dr Bernd Ueberschär (GMA Gesellschaft fur Marine Aquakultur, Germany)):

Session 5a: Interactive Working Groups (Table 1)

  • Best practice examples of developing and delivering aquaculture mobility opportunities. Facilitator: Mieke Eggermont, Ghent University:

Session 5b: Interactive Working Groups (Table 2)

  • Real-life challenges experienced by students and educators in trying to access mobility opportunities and how to address them. Facilitator: John Bostock, University of Stirling:

Session 5c: Interactive Working Groups (Table 3)

  • How can aquaculture educators in Asia and Europe collaborate more /better to facilitate opportunities for mobility in and between Asia and Europe? Facilitator: Noordiyana Mat Noordin, UMT:

Session 6: Presentation of interactive working group outcomes and feedback session (Interactive Working Group Facilitators and Jane Maher, AquaTT):  ctice examples!