21 Nationalities on this year's MSc courses at University of Stirling Institute of Aquaculture
The Institute is continuing to demonstrate the global attraction of its Masters programs. For the next 12 months students from 21 nations will study in Stirling, Scotland, for their Masters degree in Sustainable Aquaculture, Aquatic Veterinary Studies or Aquaculture Pathobiology.
Over the last 35 years the Institute has taught approximately 700 aquaculture specialists and aquaculture vets from over 75 countries. This year there are 32 Masters students from Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Libya, Maldives, Nepal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey, USA, UK and Vietnam. This diversity not only strengthens the range of aquaculture experience that can be shared, but it also means that global life-long friendships develop as students share experiences on the course and whilst learning to cope with wintery conditions in Scotland.
Institute Director Professor Brian Austin said “Students come to the Institute of Aquaculture because of the international reputation in teaching and research excellence and on recommendation of the many leading aquaculture practitioners around the globe who previously studied at Stirling. International funding bodies recognise that the Institute has an international standing and are willing to fund students to come here”.
Program Director Dr Trevor Telfer said “students come with a multitude of backgrounds and experience, but by the end of the degree will have attained a qualification that will set them for life”. He went on to say “today’s students are tomorrow’s collaborators and investors in aquaculture. The links to Stirling and between fellow students will undoubtedly allow the development of long-term relationships”.
Over the next 12 months students will study the fundamentals of aquaculture nutrition, genetics, disease, environment, business and development before completing a testing research project to fulfil their Masters degree. Students will then return to private and public sector jobs in their homelands and work towards improving their country's aquaculture capacity and resources.
Details of all training programs, both in Stirling and by distance learning are available at www.aqua.stir.ac.uk/training