MSc Aquaculture, Environment and Society (ACES+) student Faazil Dahlan from Sri Lanka plans to help his country develop its emerging aquaculture and fisheries industry after finishing his studies.

Faazil joined the ACES+ Masters Degree in September 2021 and will spend the next two years learning about global aquaculture, working with academics and industry leaders.

ACES+ is an amazing two-year joint master programme studying in four centres of European excellence in aquaculture research; Scotland, Crete, France and the Netherlands. Students gain practical and theoretical skills needed for a successful career in aquaculture through industry-led research programmes, internships and fieldwork.

Faazil worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Ruhuna after completing a degree in fisheries and marine science at the institute.

Sri Lankan student Faazil who is studying on the ACES+ masters programme poses for the camera in hat and scarf on the SAMS campus balcony on a cold winter afternoon.

“As part of my work I became interested in sea urchin farming and read research articles by [ACES+ tutors] Prof Elizabeth Cottier Cook and Dr Helena Reinardy on urchin aquaculture,” he said. “There is a demand for aquaculture researchers in Sri Lanka, so I decided to join ACES+ to learn more about the industry.

After finishing the first semester here at SAMS in Oban, Scotland, Faazil and the other students in this cohort have moved on to Crete, Greece.

Faazil said: “I have really enjoyed the course, particularly the lectures on Environmental Impact Assessments, seaweed farming and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA).”

Learn more about the programme, the latest on the programme’s Erasmus scholarships and how to apply via the link below. Self-funded applications welcome.

Recruiting now for Sept 2022!  Apply by 28th Feb, 2022.



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