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


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.

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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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Lekang, OI., Moulton, M. & Eleftheriou, M. AQUA-TNET: an overview of the development of European Master programmes in the aquaculture sector. Aquacult Int 23, 715–726 (2015).

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