24th of May 2019 national student contest on “Integrated Water Resources Management” was held in the Tajik Agrarian University named after Shohtemur. The contest was realized in partnership with UNESCO Chair on Water Management in Central Asia of Kazakh-German University (DKU).
Aim of the contest: provide a platform for dialogue and knowledge transfer between young specialists and experts and capacity building of future specialists in the field of water resources management.
The competition was attended by 140 students from various universities, as well as guests from ministries, departments and RBO of Tajikistan namely Tajik Agrarian University (TAU), Russian-Tajik Slavic University, Tajik national University and MSU named after M. V. Lomonosov.
The welcome speech at the Olympics was given by:
- Amonullo Salimzoda, Rector of TAU;
- Yarash Pulatov, Global Water Partnership;
- Ruslan Sadykov, representative of SDC Tajikistan;
- Marhabo Yodaliyeva, DKU water programme coordinator.
Within the contest, there were held:
- a scientific seminar dedicated to the Water Day,
- a master class from representatives of ministries and departments with presentations of student projects.
The presentations mentioned opportunities for youth empowerment in the water sector in Central Asia, reforms in the water sector, resources and quality of groundwater deposits, and assessed the potential for sustainable use of water resources in Tajikistan.
At the end of all stages of the national student contest, participants were awarded certificates of participation, and the awarding of winners was held. The first place in the national stage was taken by a student of The Russian-Tajik Slavic University, Shakhnoza Badalova, who scored the highest number of points at both stages of the Olympiad. The winners of the national stage are also invited to participate in the Regional IWRM Olympiad in Almaty, held as part of the international summer school on the Aral sea from August 11 to 18, 2019.