MSM leading consortium member in EU-funded project for Vocational Excellence in sustainable water management


With funding from the European Commission, MSM has been selected as one of the leading consortium partners on the project “PoVe Water scale up project”.

It concerns a joint initiative of 8 VET colleges, 7 water industry organizations , and 4 academic partners in Europe and South Africa. The project’s focus is to educate VET students to become the active, digitally skilled and sustainable-oriented water sector professionals that our future needs. The aim is to integrate Vocational Excellence in the water sector. This will result in the right skills and competences to deliver quality jobs and careers, while at the same time answering the needs for an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy.

MSM was included in the existing pilot phase consortium to be part of the scale-up phase. This was based on MSM’s track record in implementing institutional development projects in this area in 10-15 countries around the globe. MSM’s Senior Project Consultant Hans Nijhoff will act as academic expert, specifically for promoting the Triple Helix approach. This aims at building collaboration and partnerships between academia, industry, and government, providing local solutions for local challenges. Sandra Adriaansens, e-learning expert at MSM will use her expertise to strengthen the digitalization and professionalization of e-learning among VET institutes, aimed at digital learning environments. This includes blended and fully-online training courses in the field of water-smart horticulture production.

MSM also has the role to build the bridge between European project partners (from 4 EU regions) and new partners in South Africa. To achieve this, it will work closely with Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and from there with 3 South African VET institutes. MSM is a project Steering Committee member to achieve this institutional linking. The total project value is € 5.000.000,-.

MSM's Expert Centre on Emerging Economies

This project is part of MSM's Expert Centre for Emerging Economies. The department is an expert centre on local economic development in emerging and developing markets.‚Äč We capacitate managers and professionals from government, private sector, NGOs, and post-secondary education in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. We offer consultancy and customized training programs, and we manage complex projects in key sectors, e.g. water, agriculture and health. For more information click here.

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