In August 2015, we welcomed the first cohort of EMJMD ACES students to the programme and since then we have welcomed 3 more cohorts of EU and international students to the programme, hailing from over 30 different countries. Our third cohort of students is currently working on research dissertations worldwide, with many students doing fieldwork in Greece, Norway, Brazil, Belize and China. Our students are working on a range of projects including larval rearing of Ostrea edulis, Sargassum cultivation and fish farming impact on macroalgal communities, Aquaculture higher education in Cambodia: A Case Study, Streptococcus iniae vaccination in spotted grouper, and water temperature at early ontogeny and maturation of the HPI axis in gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata.
We have just recruited 25 more students (from countries including South Africa, India, Singapore, the USA, France, Greece, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to name but a few), and they will start their EMJMD ACES+ in September 2019.
Our students are a truly international group, hailing from New Zealand, Belize, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, China, Bangladesh, USA, Philippines, Israel, Peru, Colombia, Ukraine and many more countries. As they spend the first three semesters as one cohort they become a very strong team, with friendships lasting well beyond the lifetime of the programme. All students benefit from specialist lectures and practical work delivered by a team of international guest scholars who provide students with an altogether global insight into the aquaculture industry. Whilst based at the University of Crete, all students benefit from undertaking a month-long internship with local industry including Sea Bass fish hatcheries, Nireus Aquaculture laboratories, and Andromeda Marine Farms. Click here to see how some of our student have got on!