First day of Myanmar - Netherlands Water Challenge 2018
In the Arts Hall at the University of Yangon, students from 13 different universities joined the first day. Dr. Pho Kaung, rector of University of Yangon, gave the opening speech to the future water leaders, highlighting the importance of water studies and why future generations are necessary to keep involved in the development of the country.
The opening was attended by several representatives from the Dutch water sector, Royal Haskoning DHV and the Dutch Embassy. Silke Nauta presented to students about Wavedroid technology.
"Room For The Rivers" was presented by Flore Bijker, illustrating how the Netherlands deals with the management of rivers and canals.
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Additionally, Nan Yu Nwe and Aye Aye Thant from Heineken elaborated on industrial water utilization and the Heineken waste water treatment plant located outside Yangon to become inspired not only for the industrial partners but also for the future generations.
For the students this presentation gave insight and a better understanding what the challenges are in the treatment of industrial waste water and how the company ensures their employees safety at the factory.
Students started with an assignment to identify what the characteristics are of the Yangon region. Each team created a poster where they presented the ten most important topics for the social-, economic- natural and built environment in Yangon. All teams mentioned the importance of resilience against flooding. The economic development of Yangon and increased urbanization requires innovative solutions to ensure that water flows are managed properly.