Aquaculture International

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 715–726 | Cite as

AQUA-TNET: an overview of the development of European Master programmes in the aquaculture sector

  • Odd-Ivar Lekang
  • Michael Moulton
  • Margaret EleftheriouEmail author


The paper presents the activities and developments in Master level education over the last 18 years in European aquaculture specifically with regard to the ERASMUS Thematic network AQUA-TNET and its partners. The Master group’s progress is described alongside its response to the ever-evolving challenges posed by the Bologna reforms. The differences and variations in the way that Master degrees were conducted throughout Europe are clearly documented, a situation that led to substantial changes in Master degrees within a relatively short time period. The dedication of the AQUA-TNET network enabled its partners to meet European challenges within aquaculture education through its cooperative activities.


AQUACASE Common curricular entry point for aquaculture courses European Master degrees Mutual accreditation Recognition of short courses Virtual mobility 



European credit transfer system


European Universities Association


Continuing vocation training programme


Industrial Research and Development Advisory Committee


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation



The authors wish to acknowledge their indebtedness to the many contributors to the work carried out within this group and to apologise for any inadvertent omissions: Bernd Uberschauer, Marieke Reuver, Sonia Seixas, Richard Fitzgerald, Johan Verreth, Patrick Sorgeloos, Jean Dhont, Marco Saroglia, Karen Pitman, Maria Messina, Sofia Galinou-Mitsoudi, Ourania Giannakou, Amalia Moriki, Jean Claude Guary and Juhani Pirhonen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Odd-Ivar Lekang
    • 1
  • Michael Moulton
    • 1
  • Margaret Eleftheriou
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)ÅsNorway
  2. 2.AQUALEX Multimedia ConsortiumDublinIreland

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