Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition Security (SSNS) is a curriculum development project co-funded by EU Erasmus+Programme to address the issue of sustainability of seafood production, supply and consumption through need-based higher education, and vocational training. The project is for 36 months starting from October 2017. It aims to build capacity of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and strengthen linkages among institutions and individuals.
Project activities include inception workshop, identification of needs and gap analysis in existing aquaculture / fisheries curricula and development of new curricula for SSNS program. It also includes accreditation of curricula. Project outcomes and achievements will be disseminated organizing a symposium and made available online.
Sustainable Seafood & Nutrition Security (SSNS)
Co-funded by the
of the European Union
A four-day “Curriculum Development for the Sustainable Seafood and Nutrition Security” workshop was conducted from April 18 - 21, 2018. The agenda and the schedule of the workshop was provided well in advance. The workshop hall at Asian Institute of Technology Conference Centre (AITCC) was filled by all the collaborating partners of the project four partners from Europe and nine from Asia.
More than 45 participants; 29 from project partners from Europe and Asia, remaining were the professional experts from various organizations were present including AIT MSc and doctoral students, representatives from other organizations such as Network of Aquaculture Centre in the Asia Pacific (NACA), South East Asian Fisheries Development for Economic Cooperation (SEAFDEC) and King Mongkut Institute of Technology (KMITL).
Dr Ram C. Bhujel, as a Project Coordinator, welcomed the participants. AIT Vice-President for Academic Affairs Prof. S. Kumar was invited to deliver the opening address. He graciously accepted the request. During his speech he highlighted the objectives of the project and claimed that it is one step forward from existing programs that AIT had with European Union (EU). He expressed his feelings that this project is very much fitted with the AIT’s goal and its major activities especially curriculum development which is exercised once in every four years for all the courses offered by AIT. He spoke passionately about the exigencies of production of seafood on the global stage. He promoted how the collaboration and sharing of knowledge between Asia and Europe could benefit. Its high time we need to take action fearlessly in the real world to remain passionately hopeful. During the remaining time of the Day 1, and other full two days were spent on clarifying the proposal including plans, partner’s roles and responsibilities, scheduling of activities, budget and others.