The Erasmus Mundus Master in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM) is a two-year, English taught international Master's programme, in which five high-rated European universities participate.
As a student, you will familiarise yourself with the key issues involved in providing sustainable, environmentally friendly, legally and economically acceptable solutions to various problems in the CoMEM field.
During the programme, you will study at universities in three different countries. The participating students spend the first semester in Trondheim, Norway, the second in Delft, the Netherlands. During the second year, CoMEM students can either go to Barcelona (Spain), London (UK) or Southampton (UK) for the third semester. After that you will be doing your thesis work at one of the three universities you visited.
All participating universities have long-standing relations with private firms, public administrations and other research and education institutes, which as a student you will benefit from. Not only does studying in different European countries mean you will meet and work with professionals from various backgrounds and gather knowledge on a wide range of issues involved, you will also get a comprehensive EU perspective on CoMEM related issues. This will help you develop a coherent and integrated approach that is applicable to a more global perspective as well.
The coast and the coastal seas offer unique resources to mankind and to mother earth and the majority of the world population lives, works and recreates in coastal areas. But even in wealthy countries, the coastal zones are vulnerable.
Several natural hazards have recently illustrated this: cyclone Nargis in Birma (Myanmar) in May 2008 causing disastrous flooding, the frequent hurricane events in the Caribbean and North America, including Hurricane Katrina (2005) and the Indian Ocean earthquake and associated tsunami hazards (2004). UNESCO has projected that low-lying coastal and deltaic regions will experience an increase in population density of 50% by 2050, indicating the important challenges that we face in terms of promoting development without more disasters.
This is especially important given that coastal areas will experience significant climate change and sea level rise. All CoMEM partners are involved in the range of measures required to evaluate these diverse coastal hazards and the possible mitigation measures. The CoMEM programme is designed to educate a new generation of professionals. Professionals who are able to tackle these diverse challenges and, in doing so, will reduce the vulnerability of our marine and coastal systems and promote sustainable development of these areas.
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