IAHR-Newsletter Issue 5 2002

Report on the 9th Meeting of the European Engineering Graduate School Environment Water (IAHR-EGW)

Thessaloniki, Greece, April 2002

The meeting was held on April 12/13 at the Hydraulics Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. It was organized by Mrs. Quartano and Prof. Ganoulis and headed by Prof. Kobus. During the meeting, a sight-seeing tour through Thessaloniki was carried out. The meeting participants would like to express the heartfelt thanks to the local hosts for the excellent preparation and organization of the meeting. The meeting was held under the special focus of EGW activities at the XXX IAHR Congress 2003 in Thessaloniki. Representatives of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the next IAHR congress, of the Section Committee on Education and Professional Development (IAHR-CEPD) and ETNET 21 were among the participants. This contribution gives a short summary of the meeting and the ongoing activities in IAHR-EGW.

In 2001, nine EGW courses took place. For 2002 and 2003, several courses are announced. Among the different kinds of courses, such as Short Courses, Summer Schools, Internet Course etc., the tendency is seen that the use of new media is gaining importance. Two 'Open Distance Learning (ODL)' courses / experiments will be carried out by EGW members; further information about these activities will be given in the next newsletters. Course announcements for 2003 should be made before September 15th to the EGW secretaries so that they can be included in the course calendar 2003 which is to be published in the last IAHR newsletter in 2002.

The discussions about graduate and doctoral programs have shown a number of changes in existing graduate programs as well as a few new doctoral programs in the different countries. These topics were assessed as very important, also with respect to the declaration of Bologna. It was decided to establish a special task force to look into the various educational systems and the questions of academic recognition of EGW activities. Prof. Jirka will chair this task force, further members are Prof. Armanini and Prof. Latinopoulis.

EGW will make substantial contributions to the XXX IAHR Congress 2003 in Thessaloniki. In a close collaboration with the CEPD and ETNET 21, it will organize and shape Theme E: Linkage between Education, Research and Professional Development in Water Engineering, especially the subthemes E1 (Integration of professional and research needs into university curricula), E2 (New media in water-related engineering education), and E3 (Development of courses and training materials for water engineering and hydraulic structures, including feedback from field observations and experiments).

The developments in EGW show clear trends, on the one hand towards open and distance learning and new media tools playing an ever increasing role, and on the other hand towards the global dimension involving partners from outside Europe both as teachers as well as participants. Therefore, EGW plans to drop the word European from the title, retaining the acronym EGW (Engineering Graduate School Environment Water) to reflect the change from the regional to the global scale. The European pilot phase of EGW, which was initiated in 1991 (as a regional pilot project in the global IAHR framework) and which has been operational since 1997 should consequently end with the Thessaloniki congress 2003. The IAHR-EGW with its new global dimension should in the future be continued within the CEPD. This will constitute a major future activity of CEPD and will probably be pursued as a working group within CEPD. This is a logical development, for which continuity of key persons is given, since EGW promotors are members of CEPD as well. These developments will lead to a consequent and promising continuation of IAHR's efforts in education and professional development, and the more direct involvement of further CEPD members will certainly help to promote IAHR in this field. In support of the various events and activities and their coordination, such important questions as 'quality control' and 'academic and professional recognition' of IAHR activities will have to be continuously pursued in the future.

EGW is a network organisation under the umbrella of IAHR. It mainly operates on an internet-based platform steered by the EGW office and the EGW homepage at Stuttgart, Germany. Additionally, an annual meeting open for all EGW members is carried out to serve as a further platform for fruitful discussions and further developments. New members are always welcome. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us.

EGW Issue 05 2002
from left to right: Dr. Hinkelmann, Dr. Altinakar, Dr. Fallico, Dr. Molkenthin, Prof. Kobus, Dr. Babaeyan-Koopaei, Prof. Armanini