Our students

Our Students – A Truly International Crowd!

In September 2019, 21 new students joined the course hailing from 15 different countries – our fifth cohort of EMJMD ACES students. We have welcomed students from New Zealand, Belize, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, China, Bangladesh, USA, Philippines, Israel, Peru, Colombia, Ukraine, India, Singapore, Russia and many more countries. They are a truly international group! As the students spend the first three semesters as one cohort they become a very strong team, with friendships lasting well beyond the lifetime of the course.

All students benefit from specialist lectures and practical work, including field trips and internships, delivered by a team of international guest scholars. Teaching staff and guest scholars provide students with an altogether global insight into the aquaculture industry. Whilst based at the University of Crete, all students have the opportunity to undertake 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 them got on!

Students have worked on a range of research projects covering, for example, larval rearing of Ostrea edulis, Sargassum cultivation and fish farming impact on macroalgal communities, Aquaculture Higher Education Training in Cambodia: A Q-methodology Study and Curriculum Comparison, Water Temperature at Early Ontogeny and Maturation of the HPI axis in gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata, Disease and Vaccination Challenge for Streptococcus iniae in Brown Marbled Grouper, and Exploring the Effects of a Commercial Insect Meal on Dicentrarchus labrax Juveniles. Click here for more information about what students have covered during their fieldwork and research.

After they have completed their dissertation (fourth semester), students have the opportunity to get together again as a cohort at the Student Conference. This event is held in July of each year and students present the findings of their research. In 2020 the Student Conference will be hosted by Radboud University in the Netherlands.


“It has been the best two years of my life. It was a great programme for personal growth and making long lasting friendships in an international setting. Furthermore, it has given me the opportunity to improve dramatically my abilities to perform in an international academic setting and the confidence to keep pursuing a career in academia”, Anon, Cohort 2016/18
Cohort 2 Students