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AQUA-TNET thematic network: an 18-year chronicle of development and achievement in European aquaculture education

(2015) AQUACULTURE INTERNATIONAL. 23(3). p.703-713
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Thematic Network: AquaTN3 - 518700-LLP-1-2011-1-UK-ERASMUS-ENW
Abstract
The long-running higher education network AQUA-TNET, a tightly-knit collaboration of university departments, research institutes and other stakeholders from the aquaculture industry, was established in 1996 by AQUATT, a coordinating partner in the SOCRATES-ERASMUS Thematic Network DEMETER led by ICA (Association for European Life Sciences Universities). Later, AQUA-TNET activities continued under an umbrella organisation, the AFANET Thematic Network. Previous work on accreditation in European aquaculture courses carried out by AQUA-TNET’s first coordinator, the UETP (University Enterprise Training Partnership) AQUATT enabled the fledging network of 15 partners to publish details of aquaculture courses in all its 15 member countries and to focus on issues soon to be raised as part of the emergent Bologna Process (1999). AQUA-TNET’s ground-breaking work in educational reforms led to its steady expansion, with the result that in 2005 it was established as a stand-alone ERASMUS Thematic Network. Its achievements from 2005 to 2011 under the coordination of Gent University (Belgium) and from 2011 to 2014 of the University of Stirling (UK), demonstrate the incremental impact of AQUATNET’s long-term activities. AQUA-TNET played a leading co-operative role between higher education institutions, further education providers, research institutions and industry, defining and developing a high-quality European dimension within its academic disciplines. Activities included contributions to Bologna priorities such as student and staff mobility (M.Sc. and Ph.D. online portals detailing all members’ courses); development of innovative M.Sc., Ph.D., HE/VET and Lifelong Learning (LLL) programmes; organisation of hands-on workshops on new technologies (e-learning, ICT); identification of flexible pathways for lifelong learners (EQF and ECVET); developing diversified language learning for HE; excellent online forum (www.aquatnet.com) disseminating comprehensive information to all stakeholders, including industry.
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aquaculture, Student mobility, aquatic sciences, Mutual accreditation, learning, Language, workshops, hands-on, ICT, education portal, AQUA-TNET, Aquaculture, stakeholder fora

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Eleftheriou, Margaret, Marieke Reuver, John Bostock, Patrick Sorgeloos, and Jean Dhont. 2015. “AQUA-TNET Thematic Network: An 18-year Chronicle of Development and Achievement in European Aquaculture Education.” Aquaculture International 23 (3): 703–713.
APA
Eleftheriou, M., Reuver, M., Bostock, J., Sorgeloos, P., & Dhont, J. (2015). AQUA-TNET thematic network: an 18-year chronicle of development and achievement in European aquaculture education. AQUACULTURE INTERNATIONAL, 23(3), 703–713.
Vancouver
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Eleftheriou M, Reuver M, Bostock J, Sorgeloos P, Dhont J. AQUA-TNET thematic network: an 18-year chronicle of development and achievement in European aquaculture education. AQUACULTURE INTERNATIONAL. 2015;23(3):703–13.
MLA
Eleftheriou, Margaret, Marieke Reuver, John Bostock, et al. “AQUA-TNET Thematic Network: An 18-year Chronicle of Development and Achievement in European Aquaculture Education.” AQUACULTURE INTERNATIONAL 23.3 (2015): 703–713. Print.
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  author       = {Eleftheriou, Margaret and Reuver, Marieke and Bostock, John and Sorgeloos, Patrick and Dhont, Jean},
  issn         = {0967-6120},
  journal      = {AQUACULTURE INTERNATIONAL},
  keywords     = {aquaculture,Student mobility,aquatic sciences,Mutual accreditation,learning,Language,workshops,hands-on,ICT,education portal,AQUA-TNET,Aquaculture,stakeholder fora},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {703--713},
  title        = {AQUA-TNET thematic network: an 18-year chronicle of development and achievement in European aquaculture education},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10499-014-9857-4},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2015},
}

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