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Water Management | HZ UNIVERSITY

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Water Management | HZ UNIVERSITY

With a large part of the county below sea level Holland (Official name: the Netherlands = Kato (apo tin thalasa !) Chores), Holland is the world’s leading country in water management sciences. 

Water management, as a result of climate change, is one of the most important topics in local and global policymaking. Unusually heavy rainfall and the melting of land ice, means we now have to deal with flooding much more regularly. Draughts result in a lack of water. This has implications on food provisions, for the living environment for people, animals and organisms. The water may also be polluted, resulting in a shortage of drinking water.

As a water manager you make sure all life on earth can deal with the effects of climate change on nature, the weather and agriculture.


Starting date:  September 2018

You can apply until: August 15, 2018

Degree title: Bachelor of Science.

 Programme intensity: Full-time

Program duration: 4 years

Fast track: 3 years

Language: English

Program location: Vlissingen

Tuition fee per year: € 2.060

You will be working on biology and ecology, technology, urban development (design), water quality, administrative issues, flood risks and global cultural and climatic differences during the Water Management programme. In addition to the lectures on Water Management, you also learn all about project management, research methods, English and internationalization.

You become acquainted with the entire field in the first year. In year one you learn everything about the different layers of a delta area: the basic layer (earth and water), the network layer (roads, dikes, harbours and towns) and the occupation layer (human activity in the area). You tackle each layer for an eight week period. You work on biology, ecology, geography, chemistry, economy and management and policy.

You know what suits you best after the first year and subsequently choose your specialization:

- Aquatic Ecotechnology, or Delta Management.

Aquatic Ecotechnology involves flooding, water quality and plants and animals in the water. You take an in-depth look at tidal areas, the rise in sea levels and subsidence, treatment plants, fish passages, the power of water and natural banks.

Delta Management focuses on urban development, laws and regulations, managing water safety, marketing and intercultural communication.

You spend the second quarter studying at how people are adjusting to changes in the environment, for example as a result of increased rainfall and the water levels rising in rivers.

“Building with nature” will be the central focus point during the third quarter. Traditional solutions, such as concrete flood defenses, are often less environmentally friendly. Ecological solutions are therefore now becoming increasingly more important.

You become acquainted with water technology in the last quarter: purifying water for different applications for people and animals, industry and nature. Where can you obtain sufficient fresh water and how can you safeguard the water quality? You learn how to remove and purify wastewater.

You follow a six month minor during the third year of the programme. You can complete the minor with the research groups from water courses at the Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, at another Zeeland University of Applied Sciences programme, or you can opt for another university, either in the Netherlands, or abroad.

You will be doing a work experience placement during the second half of the year at an organization in your specific field. You can choose where you want to do this work experience. You could, for example, opt for a placement in the Caribbean in order to restore a coral area, or work on fish farming based on energy and nutrients supplied by nature in the Netherlands.

You spend the last part of your study graduating at an organization of your choice either in the Netherlands, or abroad. You can also graduate with one of the Zeeland University of Applied Sciences research groups.

You will need to hand in a research project at the end of the fourth year, which demonstrates that you have the Bachelor level. This research can include, for example, which requirements water needs to satisfy in the town in order to avoid it being bad for the public’s health, or the development of a method which a nature organization can use to assess water, allowing it to implement a suitable fish policy.

- Three-year track

This study programme offers a three-year fast track for excellent students

Admission to this fast track programme, depends on your preliminary education. To be eligible, you would need a Greek Apolytirio Genikou Lykeio diploma with a general grade of at least 10. A grade of at least 17 in one or more of the following subjects is also preferable for successfully following this fast track course: biology, chemistry, mathematics, or economics.

During the first quarter of your first year, you follow the same course schedule as the students attending the four-year programme. To qualify for the three-year programme you have to achieve an average grade of 7.5 or higher, in the first quarter. If you meet this academic requirement, you discuss with your Study Coach if he three-year course suits your needs and requirements. This interview determines whether you can complete the programme in three years.

When you sign up for the Water Management programme and you have the right requirements, we will contact you (via e-mail) with the question if you consider to join the three-year track.

All courses and examinations will be in English, so you need a good command of spoken and written English.

The level required for admission should be an equivalent of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0, such as:

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade C (180 - 184)

Cambridge Lower (FCE) Grade B (173-175)

Cambridge Lower (FCE) Grade C (169-172)

Greek high school diploma (Apolytirio Genikou Lykeio), with a general grade of at least 10. A grade of at least 15 in one or more of the following subjects is preferable for successfully following this course: biology, chemistry, mathematics, or economics.

 Applying for the academic year of 2018-2019 will be possible from 1 October 2017 until the application deadline of 1 May 2018.

In case you have not obtained your secondary school diploma yet, you can already apply by submitting your current grade list.

Ultimate closing date for applications: August 15, 2018

We advise you to apply before May 1. Zeeland University of Applied Sciences has the right to refuse applications by students which meet the admission requirements, but which are sent after May 1.  

Zeeland University of Applied Sciences has partnered with housing cooperation APV to make it easier for students to find a place to live.

Once you have registered at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, you can start booking a room with APV, which offers student accommodations in Vlissingen and Middelburg. Prices start from €250,- per month all in and increase depending on the size of the room and required comfort. Most student houses are near the city centre and within cycling distance of Zeeland University of Applied Sciences.

Make sure you book a room in time (preferably in the early spring), so you have the best chances to book the room that suits your wishes. You have several options regarding to renting a room. Accommodation varies from single units, to three to nine-bedroom apartments with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. 

As a water manager educated in the Netherlands, your specialist skills are valuable and sought after equally in the public and private sector all over the world. You can work at all levels of government, water authorities around the world, or international Research institutes, consultancies, engineering companies and industries.

With a Bachelors diploma from Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, you can continue with a Master’s programme. If you want to do a Master abroad, you can usually start straight away. If you wish to do a Master’s degree at a research university in the Netherlands, you may be required to follow a pre-Master’s programme.