Madam Pamela Ernstberger recently visited the Faculty of Fisheries and Food Science (FPSM), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) as part of EURASTiP Exchange Programme. The aim of this exchange programme is to share and discuss common ideas for developing educational opportunities for students and staff between Europe and South East Asia. Under this opportunity for educator’s capacity building, Dr. Noordiyana Mat Noordin was the main host. Madam Pamela is the Programme Manager of Exploring Diversity in Aquaculture or EDinAqua
) and has been an active liaison between aquaculture vocational training institutes and industry in Europe. During her three weeks at UMT, Madam Pamela has shared her experience in TVET aquaculture education and training with students, lecturers of UMT as well as SMAV teachers in Terengganu areas.
Upon her meeting with UMT Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and International) Prof. Ir. Dr. Noor Azuan Abu Osman, a strategy has been discussed to kick start a symbiotic relationship between UMT and TVET aquaculture institutes and the industry from Europe. Both parties have agreed that TVET education should be the core focus in developing and delivering aquaculture courses that are in direct response to the needs of the growing industry. UMT is open to the ideas to send aquaculture students for further educational and training opportunities in Europe that will provide students with better insights into this global industry, as well as helping them to develop their interpersonal and social skills. Establishing a strong Community of Practice through European and national industry support, the effort will be placed in developing an aquaculture pilot programme that is aimed to better prepare UMT aquaculture students to be more globally competitive.
In addition, during her stay, Madam Pamela has also been introduced to ornamental fish industry in Malaysia that allowed her to learn about cross breeding techniques to produce different strain of Betta fish. She had amazing new experience with our own Malaysian Golden Arowana as well as the rare opportunity of processing caviar from tropical sturgeon in Perak.
We would like to thank EURASTiP for funding the exchange programme, UMT and FPSM as well as support received from the industry, Bukit Merah Arowana, Betta Lover Farm and Bao Lai International.
Source: Noordiyana Mat Noordin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Faculty of Fishery and Food Sciences