Programme Added value compared to existing programmes
The CoMEM's added value compared with existing masters' courses in the same field at national, European and international level.
The programmes design involves five universities that are leading in the field. The consortiums' complementarities within the field and geographical distinctions together with their expertise, network and facilities offers students the opportunity to acquire a unique set of knowledge and skills not accessible in other comparable existing programmes. The consortium partners have selected the most congruent modules for all the tracks of study from the existing curriculum from each partner institution, modifying and integrating the course combinations and options. Uniqueness lies also in the outstanding international laboratory facilities accessible for students through the partners and their network.
Integration of culture / geographical uniqueness: CoMEM is an integrated programme, by design and implementation, within coastal and marine engineering and management. The CoMEM programme requires a mandatory study in two or three European countries. The partner universities are located in geographically spread strategic locations in relation to their subject matter and have developed special areas of research with links and visibility on national, European and International levels. COMEM will support the competitiveness of Europe as an educational medium in the field by the particular combination of partners with international recognition in academic teaching, research and consultancies.
Research and educational diversity: The programme integrates the technical resources and particular specialisations of five European universities into a unique blend for study which would otherwise not be possible from a single institution. The curriculum and academic content of CoMEM are designed to provide EMMC students with an internationally competitive foundation of demanded knowledge and skills, to expose them to diverse environments.
Other comparable programmes: On a European and international level comparable courses can be found. Visits to twenty programme websites and network investigations reveal that they have similarities to the courses offered by the partner universities, but none encompass the full range of specialisations offered to the CoMEM students. The CoMEM partners stand out amongst these programmes as leading institutions in the field.
Partners' local MSc programmes:
- NTNU, Trondheim: marine physical environment, coastal, port and marine engineering with a tidal and high-wave energy emphasis (applicable also to rocky coast conditions), spreading of pollution in the coastal zone, coastal structures design and Arctic civil and infrastructural development, offshore as well as in the coastal zone. Close cooperation with SINTEF (Scandinavia's largest research organisation).
- TU Delft: integrated coastal zone management, shore protection, project work, ethics and philosophy, port engineering with a meso-tidal and medium to high-wave energy emphasis. Research and consultancies in Asia, especially in China and Vietnam.
- UPC, Barcelona: coastal engineering and oceanography with a Mediterranean "emphasis" (micro tidal conditions, torrential climatic conditions, intense tourist development).
- University of Southampton: environmental coastal engineering with an emphasis on new approaches to shoreline (flood and erosion) management, including beaches, cliffs, and estuaries and management tools such as GIS and EIA, cooperation with HR Wallingford research.
- City University London: maritime environmental management, maritime operations, maritime law and insurance, maritime technology, finance, accounting and economics.
Student labs: NTNU, Trondheim - Three medium to small wave flumes. Water flow flumes. Shallow water wave flume; TUDelft, Delft - two large wave flumes, medium-sized relatively deep flow flume, shallow water flow flume, three small flow flumes, rotating annular flume ; SOTON, Southampton - Four medium to small wave flumes for intermediate and shallow waters and a small scale wave basin. One large scale and one small scale re-circulating water flume; UPC, Barcelona – The large CIEM Wave Flume and the small scale CIEMito Wave Flume. These allow for controlled experimentation in coastal, ports and harbours and oceanographic engineering issues.
Professional labs: NTNU: Hamburg, Germany - Hamburg Ship Model Basin HSVA; Access to large Ice tank laboratory facilities. TU Delft: Deltares (Delft Hydraulics), SOTON: HR Wallingford access to laboratory facilities (wave basins, wave flumes, flow flumes, etc.). The CoMEM partners and network contribute strongly in the EU large scale facility programme HYDRALAB IV
Field trips / testing sites: Arenas in which the EMMC CoMEM students will acquire hands-on knowledge in the field and opportunities to network and interact with authorities, industry and other research institutions, are field trips and visits to testing sites. Each of the partners provided such opportunities. Examples of field testing sites utilized are also are given opportunities in which to network and interact with are field: NTNU, Svalbard: Level ice and ice ridge testing; TUD, Rotterdam - field work on the Dutch coast in the context of the port extension of Rotterdam (Maasvlakte 2) and of the Sand Engine, a recently completed mega nourishment along the Holland coast (20 Mm3); SOTON, Isle of Wight - Field course to see soft cliff erosion and the largest inhabited coastal landslide in Europe (Ventnor and the Undercliff); CITY, London: Technical visits are arranged through the Institution of Maritime Engineering and the Society of Underwater Technology. These visits are part of a "broadening experience" to engage in the life of important worldwide commercial, business and technical activities related to Maritime Operations and Management; UPC, Badalona - Pont del Petroli (Badalona Pier). This is used as an instrumented device for measuring waves, currents and sediment concentration rates across a 250 m long cross-shore section; UPC, Catalan Coast - The XIOM network for oceanographic and coastal meteorological measurements collect wave height data in local receiving stations, statistic validation is performed and results are distributed through the web site.