The WASCAL Graduate Studies Programme in Climate Change and Marine Science funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), in Cabo Verde has welcomed students from the 2nd batch of the Master in Climate Change and Marine Sciences at the Institute of Engineering and Marine Sciences – ISECMAR, of the Atlantic Technical University.

The event which took place in the Yard of the Building B of ISECMAR, was chaired by the Dignified Chancellor of the University, Dr. Raffaela Gozzelino and was attended by the Dean of ISECMAR, Dr. Luis Fernandes, the Director of WASCAL Graduate Studies Programme, Cabo Verde, Dr. Corrine Almeida and the Deputy Director, Dr. António Pinto Almeida.

Also present were the students of the first batch of the programme, lecturers of ISECMAR as well as the staff of WASCAL.

Speaking at the event, the Director of WASCAL Cabo Verde, Dr. Corrine Almeida, stated that despite the constraints caused by the COVID -19 pandemic, her team was able to adapt the Programme and met the conditions for the students to attend lectures via videoconference. Other activities included study visits and field trips.

The students, most of whom are new to the country expressed gratitude and delight about the entire course, the warm welcome by WASCAL staff, and looked forward to an exciting time during their academic period in Cabo Verde.

The Master’s in Climate Change and Marine Sciences is one of the twelve Post Graduate programmes in Climate Change run by WASCAL in eleven countries to provide needed scientific and academic skills in climate, marine sciences and management both on an international and on a regional level in West Africa, in a Climate Change context. The Programme prepares West African students for subsequent post-graduate studies or professional careers as managers or experts in industry, consultancy, governmental agencies among others.