Van Oord supports international young water talent by organising regular visits to their projects and offices
The Holland Water Challenge aims to engage the next generation of water professionals, promote the exchange of knowledge, develop stronger relationships between business and academia, and promote sustainable water solutions. Since 2010, it has expanded to connect over 50 companies, research institutions, and universities worldwide. More than 180 ambitious graduate students and young researchers have participated, proposing nearly 70 new ideas to address important delta and water challenges. Van Oord has supported several editions of the Holland Water Challenge throughout 2013 and is a one of the lead corporate partners for new initiatives in 2014.
Website : http://www.hollandwaterchallenge.nl
The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge is organised in partnership with:
From the Indonesian side, four key universities with relevant programs in Coastal and Port Engineering are to delegate teams to participate in the competition:
‘With their participation in this programme, Van Oord is showing its commitment to actively contribute to the development of young talents who have a particular interest in engineering issues related to water management. The exchange of knowledge and sharing of ideas brings a fresh perspective to all participants. Moreover, it gives the students the opportunity to test and apply their academic competencies in real-life situations, whilst Van Oord can benefit from the output of their ideas by integrating them into common working practices.’
The students who are selected to join this challenge will be supervised by an expert in the field: Jan Willem Markvoort, Engineering Manager at two of Van Oord’s current projects in Indonesia: Sand Supply Kapuk Naga Indah Island 2A and Tanjung Priok. Further local support will be given by Peter van der Hulst, branch manager PT Van Oord Indonesia, and Martin Smouter, Area Manager Asia. Kicking off the competition in November 2013, the students presented themselves to the business community during the trade mission to Jakarta, which was headed by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The award ceremony is being planned to coincide with Secretary of Infrastructure and the Environment Ms Melanie Schultz Van Haegen’s visit to Indonesia in the spring of 2014.
Young water talent
After successful participation in previous Water Challenge editions in Australia and Singapore, Van Oord is one of the lead partners in the 2014 edition of The Indonesia-Netherlands Water Challenge. Following close co-operation between Indonesia and the Netherlands on many water projects, students are invited to work with the theme Coasts and Ports Indonesia: People, Planet & Profit. The students are challenged to find new, smart solutions for the development of Jakarta Bay, where several infrastructural developments are already underway or are being planned to ensure economic prosperity and flood safety.
Building with Water
With four subtopics, each of which focuses on a specific dimension that represents an important opportunity for innovative solutions, Van Oord is the lead partner for the theme Building with Water. The students will focus on the preservation of nature as a key concern for coast and port development, looking at solutions that protect Jakarta against the threat of flooding and utilize natural forces to their advantage.
The managing director of the Holland Water Challenge, Gregor van Essen says:
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Student visiting Van Oord project location
With operations around the globe, Van Oord attaches great value to knowledge sharing, innovation, capacity building, and establishing relationships with local stakeholders. One of our initiatives to address these objectives is the Holland Water Challenge, a competition that inspires international young water talent to take an active role in finding innovative and sustainable solutions to real-life delta and water management problems.
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