The Danish water sector has joined forces to create the Advanced Water Cycle Management Course; providing knowledge and motivation to the next generation of international water professionals.
As in many countries, Danish water companies and utilities face a potential sector knowledge gap due to a retiring workforce. To pique interest in a career within the water sector and secure the future workforce, the largest research university in Denmark, Aarhus University, leading companies from the water sector and one of the largest utilities in Denmark, Aarhus Vand, joined forces in an innovative public-private partnership and educational program.
Partnership for a holistic educational program
Through a commitment to the cause by a total of nine partners and 40 guest lecturers, the international water summer school has been created. The summer school is dedicated to reducing the knowledge and workforce gap and designed to upgrade participants in advanced water cycle management skills. Through a holistic overview of water resource management, water distribution and wastewater management, participants are shown the diverse career possibilities of the water sector. Several topics are highlighted, such as groundwater mapping and modelling techniques, resource recovery from wastewater, as well as the globally important topic of non-revenue water management and water loss control.
Extended international network
The first summer school in 2019 attracted 45 participants from 13 countries. The duration of the course was 13 days and provided participants with university credits. It consisted of a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, site and company visits as well as case-based workshops. The summer school presented networking opportunities for both the participants and the water professionals. For some, the international water summer school resulted in a new career opportunity. For the companies and utilities, it indicated a promising start to securing the future workforce in partnership.
The partnership include: AVK, AQUAGLOBE, GRUNDFOS, KAMSTRUP, NIRAS, I•GIS, DHI, Skanderborg Forsyning, Aarhus Vand, WATEC – Aarhus University Centre for Water Technology.
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Contributors to this solution
An annual production of more than 17 million pump units makes Grundfos one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers. Circulator pumps for heating and air-conditioning as well as other centrifugal pumps for the industry, water supply, sewage and dosing are the main products. In addition to pumps Grundfos produces standard
The AVK Group is a privately owned industrial group comprising 100+ companies worldwide. According to international standards, we develop and produce valves, hydrants and accessories for water and gas distribution, sewage treatment and fire protection. Furthermore, we deliver products and solutions for various industrial sectors and within advanced manufacturing. As global
Kamstrup is a world-leading supplier of intelligent energy and water metering solutions. Our solutions support utilities and are also applied in properties with individual metering. For 70 years, we have delivered reliable, cost-effective ways to measure and manage energy and water consumption worldwide.
Our technological leadership coupled with deep
NIRAS is an international consulting group (HQ in Denmark) specializing in engineering, planning and project management. We are 2,200 employees in 51 offices across 27 countries contributing with expert knowledge in 7,000 ongoing projects. NIRAS has worked with climate and energy for more than 30 years. We focus
DHI is a global, research-based consulting group. Our knowledge of water environments is second-to-none. It represents 50 years of dedicated research and real-life experience from more than 140 countries. We strive to make this knowledge globally accessible to clients and partners by channelling it through our local teams and unique
As one of the most innovative water companies in Denmark, we feel obliged to support the water industry. We have extensive knowledge of the operation of various facilities, establishment of organisations, analysis, tendering, planning, project management, training and commissioning of facilities. We would like to do our share towards ensuring innovation of the Danish water industry. By also taking a global perspective, we contribute knowledge and support for Danish exports and help set the global agenda for sustainable development.
AQUAGLOBE - WATER SOLUTION CENTER
AquaGlobe – Water Solution Center – connects the most innovative and ambitious actors in the water sector to provide solutions delivering access to clean water and sanitation for all. Together we develope and test new, innovative and sustainable water technology directly in the functioning supply net of Skanderborg Utility, where we measure its performance in real time.